'Documents and Settings' and 'My Documents' query

Discussion in 'Software' started by Swishsticks, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. Swishsticks


    Sep 8, 2004
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    My girlfriend logs on with her user name (Mary) at the XP Pro welcome screen. Hers is the only user name shown. In Control Panel/Windows Accounts she is listed as the only user.

    In Windows Explorer (C:/Documents and Settings) there are four folders:

    1. All Users
    2. Config.msi (empty)
    3. Default User
    4. Ex-husband’s name (it used to be his computer, so he is somehow still around).

    All the user data of my girlfriend is actually saved in folder four. Also:

    a) At the top of the Windows Explorer tree the ‘My Documents folder’ points to Ex-husband’s ‘My Documents’ folder.

    b) Later in the tree there is another folder called ‘Mary’s Documents’ which also points to Ex-husband’s ‘My Documents’ folder and contains the same files.

    So my questions are:

    1. Can I safely change folder four to my girlfriend's name? Should/can this be done in Windows Explorer, or somewhere else?

    2. Can/should I delete the folder called ‘Mary’s Documents’ which simply reproduces the files in Ex-husband’s ‘My Documents’.

    3. Can I safely delete the folders ‘All Users’ and ‘Default User’, which do not contain my girlfriend’s user data?

    4. Can I safely delete the empty ‘Config.msi’ folder?

    5. I would like to keep the ‘My Documents’ folder which shows at the top of the folder tree as it is convenient for my girlfriend to find.

    I hope this makes sense. Any suggestions much appreciated.

    Last edited: Sep 19, 2004
    Swishsticks, Sep 19, 2004
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  2. Swishsticks

    James Photojournalist

    Dec 24, 2002
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    First, copy her data to a separate folder somewhere else. Do not delete default user (this sets the default settings to all profiles (new ones). You can apply your custom changes to the default profile. And do not delete All Users.

    If it bothers you, you can delete his account folder, and her accound, recreate it and copy her data into the new folder. Config.msi is fine to remove.
    James, Sep 19, 2004
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