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29-Jul-2012, 07:00 PM #1
Reinstalled XP kept old user + new user
Due to serious problems with XP, I opted to reinstall w/original CD assuming that install would clear everything and I would have to start from scratch w/user, files etc. Reinstall process went fine, no problems and apparently solved problem I had been having, i.e, extremely slow, using 100% CPU etc.

Howver, reviewing Documents and Settings I was surprised to see the following users:
Adminstrator
Administrator.Dad
Bob
Bob.Dad
Mom

Note: Computer name is " Dad"
Note: All my former files are intact in the "Bob.Dad" user, but not in the new "Bob" user
Note: Control Panel > Users, lists only the user "Bob" and "Mom" which I created during reinstall.
Note: There is NOT a " Mom.Dad" user in Documents and Settings

Apparently XP reinstall was nice enough to keep files and just reinstalled the OS, deleting all programs which had to be reinstalled.

Question 1: Since users "Bob" and "Bob.Dad" seem to be redundent, one can be deleted. Which one??
Question 2: Since "Administrator" and "Administrator.Dad" also seem to be redundent can I delete one? Which??


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30-Jul-2012, 06:59 PM #2
Can you actually login to Bob.Dad? Not likely. So, make sure you copy any files you want, and then delete Bob.Dad and Administrator.Dad. Think I ended up with that mess once years ago and could delete most files but not those particular folders. After that time I've made sure to format the partition before installing to make sure it's a "clean" install.
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31-Jul-2012, 10:47 AM #3
OK & tks .... what about the folders in Documents and Settings:
All Users
All Users.Windows
Can/should I delete All Users.Windows ?

Documents and Settings, before XP reinstall
Adminstrator
All Users
Bob
Mom

Documents and Settings, after XP reinstall
All Users
All Users.Windows (redundent? delete??)
Adminstrator
Administrator.Dad (redundent, you suggest to delete)
Bob
Bob.Dad (redundent, you suggest to delete)
Mom
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31-Jul-2012, 11:09 AM #4
You should be OK deleting those three folders that you marked as "redundent" [redundant], For safety with these or anything about which you are not positive you can just move them to the Recycle Bin or (better) move them somewhere else where Windows won't be looking for them. If you have no trouble for whatever period of time you think adequate then delete them.
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31-Jul-2012, 12:23 PM #5
I suggest you actually format the drive and reinstall. What you did was an install over the top. Nothing clean about it.
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