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    Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    Here is one area that I find more than confusing; having gone from using Win 98SE to XP. It is this "Documents and Settings" folder. Trying to locate various things, such as Cookies, pictures, etc. is difficult for me. Perhaps most perplexing is the sub-categories within this folder. See the attached screenshot of what mine looks like and tell me if this is the way it should be, please!?? There are only two accounts on this computer, and I am the only one who ever uses it (Jeff).

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    it looks like you reinstalled - that accounts for the ".Windows" and ".Winxp" folders. You can check the dates on the fodlers and after saving data in them, delete the older files.

    Are you using Home or Pro?

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    BTW - the admin, all users and default folder are needed. You can delete the older of each of those, which looks like it might be the ones without the "." in the name.

    To see the cookies and other fodlers, make sure you are showing all files and folders, even hidden ones, in tools | options | view.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    You need to check to see what accounts are listed when you go to Control panel, User Accounts. If any of these odd accounts are listed, then they are good. You can delete these accounts in "User Accounts" and then "Changing accounts" and then select the account that you want to delete.

    You will need to be or have Admin rights to delete these accounts. After the accounts have been deleted you can go to "Documents and settings" folder and delete each folder that is listed for the deleted accounts, they may get deleted when you delet the account.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    Mary,

    I'm using the Home version. Yes, there was a major "crash" of XP about a week ago (yeh, it said it couldn't be done) <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> It wasn't any foul application that was installed, etc... but on a reboot, the security system wouldn't recognize my password and kept recycling the reboot. Nothing we could do would allow us to stop it, so we had to remove 99% of the files and reinstall XP. <img src=/S/mad.gif border=0 alt=mad width=15 height=15>

    So, about saving these files? In one of the folders, nothing has obviously changed, since the "Barb" hasn't ever been used. So that's an easy one. I guess I'll have to check the contents of both of "default user" and "default user.WINDOWS" and this strange and singular "All users.WINDOWS" folder. Perhaps to be safe, I can move the contents of anything questionable into a Temp folder and then see if anything negative happens, eh? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    Dave,

    I have only 3 Accounts showing there: Jeff, Barb and Guest, which says, "Guest account is off". So, could I just delete the 3 extra folders, "All users.WINDOWS", "Barb.WINXP" and "Default User.WINDOWS"?

    And why is there "Adminstrator" and "Owner"?? Hey, I'm really trying to comprehend all this new XP stuff, really I am! <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    Since you have the Home version the following will apply:
    If you ever need to do a "Safe Boot" you are going to need the "Adminstrator" password to do anything. This is the ONLY whay to get into the sytem during a Safe boot.

    "Owner" may have been added by your OEM.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    Okay........ no chance of me having a password, since when I had that major crash, I had been using a password for myself and that's what got corrupted somehow and we were unable to access anything in the System files... so I have been reticent to use one again, as you can imagine! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    This "Administrator" stuff is frying my brain! Look, I'm the ONLY ONE who uses this PC.... period! It is my understanding that I automatically have Administrative "rights"...... is this something totally different than this "Administrator"? Hey, I love XP, but I am beginning to really dislike some of this stuff! LOL

    So, on this topic, you are saying to leave the "Administrator" folder alone (I can understand that!! ........ and perhaps? I could get rid of this "Owner" folder though? I mean, who needs all these extra folders any how? They are just taking up HD space and no one is associated with them and probably never will be ....... (if I'm showing my ignorance here, I offer no apology, since that's how it is at this point... sheer ignorance!) <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> THANKS DAVE!!

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    check the dates (use details view) the .windows folders should be the new ones and need to remain. the others can go (without .windows)

    if you weren't using home, you could log on as administrator and take ownership of all the folders. Right click on the My documents and settings, then security tab. You need to give the admin permission and apply the permission to all subfolders. But i'm not sure how to do it using home, since there is no security tabs to use to give yourself permissions.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    You need to delete the older files - i'm pretty sure the .windows ones are the newer files and they are required. if you delete the wrong ones, you'll screw everything up and may need to reinstall.

    Owner is probably you - it's created for the user when windows is first setup. Check the date of the folder and files in it - if there are no new files, you can probably delete it. Adminsitrator is the admin acct, it must remain.

    Personally, if you have a drive large enough to install winxp, you can spare the few megs of space the extra folders take up - it shouldn't be more than meg or two.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    Oy Vey! Okay..... so you are saying that the folders with the "*.WINDOWS" are correct? I don't ever recall seeing any folders before named with a ".WINDOWS" in them??? <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

    What I did was to move the "Default User.WINDOWS" and "Barb.WINXP" folders to a temporary folder and all seems okay....... but if I'm understanding you right, the "Default User.WINDOWS" folder and the "Barb.WINXP" folder should remain? (this was the newer of the two). <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Documents and Settings (XP Home)

    You are correct, ALL new accounts have Administrator rights until you change them. But like I said before, when you boot to safe mode, the ONLY account that works is the "Administrator". This is your back door to you system when you get locked out. It is a very usfull key.

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