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Idendity Crisis

by 4harpers / October 29, 2005 2:50 PM PDT

Some how I have created too many identities in my C:\Docs & Settings folder.
One I created at 5:00 the path is C:\Documents and Settings\John Doe the other at 8:00 is C:\docs and settings\John Doe\2Does. This is for the same person with different subfolderes. They both have cookies, favorites, my docs, user data. One of them has application data and templates. the other, start menu and desktop. This could get confusing later on. I would like to merge these two folders as they are for the same person. There are three other identities but they are OK. What would be the best and safest way to combine these identies. Thank you for any help.

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by Merl Priester / October 30, 2005 3:57 PM PST
In reply to: Idendity Crisis

If you create a new user, you cannot create one that already exists, and Windows would not put the user in another users folders such as you indicate.

I believe you copied your user folders into the subfolder.

To avoid deleting the wrong thing, make a new user account, and copy all your current info to it, and then delete the screwed up one.

This should clear up the mess.

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Identity Crisis
by 4harpers / November 2, 2005 8:39 AM PST
In reply to: Background

Thank you for your response. I am not sure I am explaining this right. Let me show you.
I created the 1st account on this computer as:
John Doe. Created at 5:00Then 3more identies as User 1,User2,User3.
However when I open My Computer through explorer and open Documents and Settings this is what I see.
+All Users
+John Doe
+John Doe\2Does
When I click to open John Doe I get:
Local Settings
My Documents
User Data
When I click to open John Doe\2Does I get:
My Documents
Start Menu
User Data
As you can see different folders. I don't know what to copy into what. If I create a new Identity what would I copy into it. When I 1st sign on the screen only shows 4 identies:
John Doe
Thanks again for any and all help I can get.

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Re too many accounts....
by Papa Echo / November 2, 2005 8:56 AM PST
In reply to: Identity Crisis

On this second post, you did not mention about creating the 2nd Doe account at 8.00...BTW how did you create the accounts ? Via The Control Panel>User accounts ? Via Documents and Settings ?

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Just a thought
by Steven Haninger / November 2, 2005 10:01 AM PST
In reply to: Identity Crisis

Unless you used an application that created a document or other file that you want to keep while logged in as one of the users you created, you probably have nothing worth worrying about. You can remove that user though user profiles in the control panel and will have the option of removing the user data as well. If you created anything you want to keep, it will probably be in the My Documents folder of the user you were logged in as at that time. All of these folders are created for all users defined in Windows so they can customize things and, perhaps, configure them for some privacy. As long as nothing was done as that user, there is nothing in any of them to keep. If you wish, you can create a temporary folder of your choice and just cut or copy/paste any necessary files from each user's documents folder into the new one. Then, go back to Users and delete them with the option of removing all related data as well. This will clean up the extra folders. Now, Windows may still remember that user once existed and, if you recreate them, their main folder name will be different from the previous. Hope this helps.

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Identity Crisis
by 4harpers / November 2, 2005 2:47 PM PST
In reply to: Just a thought

Thank you for your time and advice.

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