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    Duplicate Files

    I "inherited" a Win2K machine from my son. Recently, while looking for old and outdated files to clean out, I noticed that there were a lot of duplicate files. In fact, my entire Documents and Settings file structures appeared to be duplicated in the Administrator's file structures. I am on the machine as a User.

    I can see that this provides a degree of backup. However, I also backup the machine to a "stand-alone" hard drive, so that I don't see the need for a complete "on machine" backup.

    Am I being overly aggressive in trying to get rid of this duplication ?
    Is there some setting somewhere that controls this duplication?
    Can I choose which files get backed up so that only those likely to change get duplicated?

    If there is some on-line information source that I should be looking at, please advise.

    Thanks.

    Ed <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

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    Re: Duplicate Files

    What other account name(s) are you seeing listed under the "Documents and Settings" folder?

    If your log in is NOT listed, then the Administrator's log in name has been renamed to your log in name and all files are being saved it the original folders by design.

    This common to trick hackers in not finding the "Administrator's" log in. Windows 2000 or even XP does NOT made backup copies as you think it is doing.

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    Re: Duplicate Files

    Yes - you are being overly agressive. The Administrator account is very important in case your primary User account is compormised. You should leave it alone unless the files you are deleting are cookies & temporary internet files. The duplication of the folders and many files is intentional. If you have occasion to login as Administrator, some software may not function correctly if you delete files. You may get a better answer if you can post more information about which files are duplicated.


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    Re: Duplicate Files

    Joeperez, DaveA:

    Thanks for the quick response.

    Most of the duplicated files are in "Documents and Settings" and appear to be URLs. There seem to be very few duplicates (if any) of memos, reports, and so on. There are a few "duplicates" of "Program Files" but on closer examination, they are not duplicates.

    In fact, perhaps I should prune most of the URLs since I rarely visit them and cannot imagine that I would visit them in the future. However, I suppose that it would be more efficient to simply delete them from Internet Explorer.

    I take it that Win2K carries out this duplication as a matter of course.

    Any comments on my "housekeeping" approach? Where can I read a simple explanation of what Win2K is doing?

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    Ed <img src=/S/gramps.gif border=0 alt=gramps width=20 height=20>

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    Re: Duplicate Files

    I take it that Win2K carries out this duplication as a matter of course. <font color=red>NO, as Win2K does NOT make them.</font color=red>

    <big><big>What are the FULL paths of these files, start at the drive letter and go out to the file name?</big></big>



    Any comments on my "housekeeping" approach? <font color=red> Do NOT delete any file(s) that you do NOT know what it is used for.</font color=red>

    Where can I read a simple explanation of what Win2K is doing <font color=red> depending of where these files are, each could be for a different use.

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