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Doubled User Account Folders in Accounts Issue

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by diamondstar, May 5, 2010.

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  1. diamondstar

    diamondstar Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I've got the weirdest thing going on with my pc. I have 4 kids accounts and 1 for my spouse other than the admin account.

    When I go to the local disk C: and select the "Documents and Settings" folder, I find that 3 of my kids accounts have a second folder set up... For example:

    There's a folder for Child_A (We'll call this folder "Child_A" for simplicity)
    Then there's also a folder that's called: "Child_A.Name_of_Computer" (Where "Name_of_Computer" is actually the name I gave to the computer... Not literally here!) But it's really a folder with the dot extension name of the computer attached onto it.

    Now there is also an account for another child exactly like this too.

    A third child account does something a bit different.

    It takes the account name, say "Child_C" and then the other folder would be "Child_C_2"

    Where it really gets creepy is that I'm using an app that views the history of urls visited. Checking on the fold "Child_A.Name_of_Computer" results in hits to porn sites... (Don't yell at me - I'm in the process of cleaning this up ~ these are young kids and I'm po'd that my spouse even visited these sites on this community pc.

    My question is ...

    What's the best way to clean up the folder issues... I'm not sure how these folders even got added other than maybe the accounts not being added correctly.

    My thought was to back up only the important stuff and reinstall windows xp from scratch! Ugh what a mess!

    Any tips would be appreciated.


    Thanks!

    PS. The folder issue is not there for the youngest child or the owner or my spouse's account. Just these three other accounts.

    PPS. I wasn't sure what type of title to give this issue. In the system admin, it only shows one account for each user. But apparently something happened in the account creation.?
     
  2. andyspeake

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    Have you ever repaired the system using the computers own non-microsoft recovery manager preinstalled on the system. I had this happen before when I performed a repair and re-entered all the same names of all users accounts on the machine.

    This was the Compaq System recovery utility.
     
  3. diamondstar

    diamondstar Thread Starter

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    I haven't run any repair software to the system... When my spouse added the accounts, he told me that with the first child, after he had put in the account he did something to move where the doc folder for that account pointed.

    I could probably figure this out somehow, but I think that at this point, we are going to back up important folders/software... And then just do a full clean and re-install of the system.

    The PC takes 20 minutes to "settle" before we can use anything.... (ie. too many added on apps are bogging down the system).

    Thanks.
     
  4. andyspeake

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    That would seem like the easiest solution :)
     
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