Same Document in Multiple Places



pwgande
07-10-2005, 12:30 AM
All of the folders & files in "My Documents" seem to be in three separate but
linked locations. They are in "My Documents." They are in "My Computer / C: /
Documents and Settings / Owner / My Documents." And they are in "My Computer
/ Peter and Erika's Documents." Anything I do to a file in one place, affects
it in all three places, so I can't simply delete "Peter and Erika's
Documents" as if it were only a shortcut. Why are they linked like this?
Where are they really? And how can I unlink them so as to get rid of one of
these folders? Thank you! pwgande@nyc.rr.com

Yves Leclerc
07-10-2005, 12:30 AM
XP is based on NT/2000, which is a multi-user system. The OS creates a "My
Documents" folder for each user created in XP. Each user can then have
their own custom documents without worrying that someone else can
remove/change them.

The "Peter and Erika's Documents" is a "system" shortcut. This points to
"C:\Documemnt and Settings\<user>\My Documents" which is also Peter and
Erika's Documents and the PC's Owner user account. The Owner user account
appears to be the XP user account that your generally use when you are
useing XP.

"pwgande" <pwgande@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CCD66D86-8267-4E47-9118-8888B89B1C0A@microsoft.com...
> All of the folders & files in "My Documents" seem to be in three separate
> but
> linked locations. They are in "My Documents." They are in "My Computer /
> C: /
> Documents and Settings / Owner / My Documents." And they are in "My
> Computer
> / Peter and Erika's Documents." Anything I do to a file in one place,
> affects
> it in all three places, so I can't simply delete "Peter and Erika's
> Documents" as if it were only a shortcut. Why are they linked like this?
> Where are they really? And how can I unlink them so as to get rid of one
> of
> these folders? Thank you! pwgande@nyc.rr.com

Yves Leclerc
07-10-2005, 12:30 AM
This is normal and you should not change this!

BTW: Newsgroup questions are/will be answered in newsgroups! Newsgroups
are not email support!


"pwgande" <pwgande@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CCD66D86-8267-4E47-9118-8888B89B1C0A@microsoft.com...
> All of the folders & files in "My Documents" seem to be in three separate
> but
> linked locations. They are in "My Documents." They are in "My Computer /
> C: /
> Documents and Settings / Owner / My Documents." And they are in "My
> Computer
> / Peter and Erika's Documents." Anything I do to a file in one place,
> affects
> it in all three places, so I can't simply delete "Peter and Erika's
> Documents" as if it were only a shortcut. Why are they linked like this?
> Where are they really? And how can I unlink them so as to get rid of one
> of
> these folders? Thank you! pwgande@nyc.rr.com

Wayne H. Wilhelm
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
What you see as being three separate locations (instances) of the "My
Documents" folder are in reality, all the same location. They are not three
different locations linked together.

C:\Documents and Settings\user name\My Documents
Desktop\My Documents
My Documents

If you open "My Computer", you will see:

| My Computer | Peter and Erika's Documents

All of four of these locations refer to the "My Documents" folder for "Peter
and Erika". They are all referencing the exact same folder storage location.

Now, if you have more than one user setup under Windows XP, each user will
have their own "My Documents" folder. When another user is signed on, that
specific user can reference their "My documents" folder using any of the
above 4 signatures only substituting their user account name for the "Peter
and Erika" account user name.

This also applies to the Internet Explorer web cache. If you have more than
one account user, each account user will have their own Internet Explorer web
cache. Should you need to flush your Internet web cache's, you will have to
do so separately for each user account.

If you choose to backup all "My Documents" for each user account, you must
do so for each user account. If you open C:\Documents and Settings\ you will
see a base folder for each user account; each user account having only one
instance of "My documents" and "Internet web cache".

--
Cordially,
Wayne H. Wilhelm
Personal Web: http://www.quadracalc.com


"pwgande" wrote:

> All of the folders & files in "My Documents" seem to be in three separate but
> linked locations. They are in "My Documents." They are in "My Computer / C: /
> Documents and Settings / Owner / My Documents." And they are in "My Computer
> / Peter and Erika's Documents." Anything I do to a file in one place, affects
> it in all three places, so I can't simply delete "Peter and Erika's
> Documents" as if it were only a shortcut. Why are they linked like this?
> Where are they really? And how can I unlink them so as to get rid of one of
> these folders? Thank you! pwgande@nyc.rr.com

Star Fleet Admiral Q
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
Also, you need to learn to "munge" your email address when posting to
newsgroups, as most newsgroups have users (spammers) with scrupulous
automated bots to harvest email addresses. You may have noticed, or will
notice, a large increase of SPAM within the next day or so.
Example: pwgandeREMOVE_OBVIOUS@nyc.rr.com

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"pwgande" <pwgande@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CCD66D86-8267-4E47-9118-8888B89B1C0A@microsoft.com...
> All of the folders & files in "My Documents" seem to be in three separate
> but
> linked locations. They are in "My Documents." They are in "My Computer /
> C: /
> Documents and Settings / Owner / My Documents." And they are in "My
> Computer
> / Peter and Erika's Documents." Anything I do to a file in one place,
> affects
> it in all three places, so I can't simply delete "Peter and Erika's
> Documents" as if it were only a shortcut. Why are they linked like this?
> Where are they really? And how can I unlink them so as to get rid of one
> of
> these folders? Thank you! pwgande@nyc.rr.com


Same Document in Multiple Places