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2 copies of the same files

by jmkennedy / March 20, 2010 8:49 AM PDT

Hello... I have a question that I have not seen in any of the xp forums. I have a dell desktop with xp home edition os...In my windows explorer, I have 2 copies of my Documents folder.. 1st copy is the "My Documents" but the 2nd copy is in "Joan's Documents"... They are exact file for file !!! how can I get rid of the 2nd set of files? or can I get rid of them? Thank you jmkennedy

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What you are seeing is actually one folder with 2 names
by peacox / March 20, 2010 4:43 PM PDT

If you have more than one user specified on your computer the My Documents folder is user specific so each user would have a different folder with different contents and would only see their own My documents. However as long as there are no privacey requirements as in the case of a husband and wife for instance, each user when logged in would be able to see the other users documents but to avoid confusion, they would see it as 'username's documents'.
The MY part of the name refers to the currently logged in user.

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one folder with 2 names
by jmkennedy / March 21, 2010 8:11 AM PDT

Thank you for the info... now I know how to fix my situation... jmkennedy

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