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by christy / March 25, 2006 8:31 PM PST

Just a curiousity question about the OS- Windows XP Pro SP2.

At the C:\Documents and Settings folder are folders named
?All Users
?All Users.WINDOWS
?Default User
?Default User.WINDOWS
?User.Computer Name (where ''computer name'' is the one found at system Properties-computer name tab.)
?Name1 (where ''Name'' is another user)
?Name2 (where ''Name'' is another user)

My question is: While I know(I think) how the folders- Administrator, All users, User,Guest, name, Name1 and Name2 came about, what do the other folders relate to ? E.g., why >.WINDOWS ? and why do the others folders do not have corresponding ''partner'' folders with .WINDOWS ? Why default User when there is already a folder named User.Computer name which I suppose id the main (i.e. default ?) user ? And- there is no folder of the user with Admin previleges(the Main user-me) with a log-on name. (i.e. there is no log-on name folder !) Thanks.


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(NT) (NT) Sounds like overkill
by crazeebob2000 / March 25, 2006 8:53 PM PST
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Covered in some books, but..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2006 8:58 PM PST
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What you listed is quite normal. It bothers a few that windows makes these directories but consider that some lock themselves out of this OS by reducing logins to just one account.

Then some pest (trojan, virus, other) or event corrupts the profile and they find themselves locked out.

There is no ill effect to having a spare admin capable account and the space consumed by such an account is cheap...


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Thanks, Bob...
by christy / March 25, 2006 11:31 PM PST

Well, I am not bothered. I know it is normal. As you can see, there are several accounts beside the ''Administrator''(which is not used), so I hope I can ''recover'' in case of a virus attack. It is just that I am curious at the way the Windows XP OS names and places those ''accounts folders''. I guess I will have to go fishing with Google and pay a visit to the local library.


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Two things about which books.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2006 11:34 PM PST
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If you want to look into this deeply, look at the books from and the Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit (Microsoft).

I'm fairly sure that it's all documented in those collections of books but the "why?" is simply the way Windows NT and subsequently XP was designed to handle multiple user accounts.


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by christy / March 26, 2006 6:34 AM PST

...for the information. I know about the multiple users bit, and can appreciate it - so, I will have to do some reading or otherwise find out why for some User accounts, there are accompaninig ".WINDOW" folders while for others, there are none.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2006 6:44 AM PST
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by christy / March 26, 2006 7:48 AM PST
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...for the link. Interesting information.


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