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User Accounts

In control panel. user accunts, I have two Accounts: Computer(administrator) and Guest. However under Documents and Setting I have:
2.All Users
4.(my name)

More info: A while back I had a problem and used the XP disc to fix. At that time I mistakenly created the profile (my Name) instead of leaving Computer as the right user.
Also all the cookies go into (my name) instead of Computer where I want them to go.
In Documetns and setting can I safely delete all users except Computer and Guest? If I do will Computer profile create a file for cookies which is doesn't have now?

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Looks normal to me.

In reply to: User Accounts

What's the issue here?

"In Documetns and setting can I safely delete all users except Computer and Guest?"

You could, but why mess up the OS? That is, I can't count how many tried to get XP down to 1 account and effectively locked themselves out when a profile became corrupt.

It's your choice here, it is possible but has a danger.

Why do this?


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One oddity

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The "Computer" account seems odd to me, but it very well could be used by some bundled program with your computer. It could also be a default account created by the install image used by whatever company made your system.

Administrator is a default Windows account, and you don't want to mess with that.

All Users is a special folder that will impact your current user account in unpredictable ways if you remove it. looks like a backup from the installation of some update or maybe service pack.

<YourName> is pretty obvious, and I've gone over Computer.

Guest should be a disabled account. If it's not, make it so that it is. It can have some uses, among which is serving as a beachhead for hackers. It should only be enabled and used if you're disconnected from the Internet, or understand the associated risks and have taken preventative measures.

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Computer Account

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Computer is the right account set up by the Computer store who put XP on my computer a while back. Everything was fine until I had a "crash" and used the Windows XP CD to get things going again. By mistake I created "my name" account and should not have done that. I guess what you are all saying is to leave well enough alone. I can live with cookies going into "my Name" account instead of computer account. For what it is worth, when I tried to copy the cookie file from "my Name" to the computer account, it said the account was already there, but it isn't.

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