Duplicate User Folders



~ William ~
07-10-2005, 01:28 AM
I was wondering, I recently had to repair XP Pro on my system and now I have
[myusername] and [myusername.myusername] folders for all accounts listen on
the computer. So I have several duplicate folders. I have tried to delete
them but get the following error: ".... is a windows system folder and is
required by Windows to run. It can not be moved or deleted."
Can anyone please help me get rid of these folders?
--
Thanks in advance for any ideas you may have.

~ William ~

Sharon F
07-10-2005, 01:28 AM
On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 11:09:04 -0700, ~ William ~ wrote:

> I was wondering, I recently had to repair XP Pro on my system and now I have
> [myusername] and [myusername.myusername] folders for all accounts listen on
> the computer. So I have several duplicate folders. I have tried to delete
> them but get the following error: ".... is a windows system folder and is
> required by Windows to run. It can not be moved or deleted."
> Can anyone please help me get rid of these folders?

William, this is the result of reinstalling Windows to the same folder
(instead of repairing) and then creating users with the same names as
before.

For each set of duplicates, the folder with the most current Create date
(seen in Details View in Explorer or in the folder's properties) is the
current account folder. You can double check this by clicking Start> Run
and typing in %userprofile%

Windows Explorer will appear with the focus on the folders for the user
that is currently logged on. I suspect that you will find that those with
the .xxxxx tagged on to the end are the current folders.

Copy data files from the old folders into the new ones. Then delete the old
ones. If Windows still warns about these being system folders, ignore the
warning.

If the file system is NTFS, you may run into "access denied" messages when
trying to move files. If this happens, take ownership of the files. Then
move them.

HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=308421

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

~ William ~
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
Sharon,
First of all, thanks for the speedy reply.
As you suspected, the latter of the folders you described were the duplicates.
I moved everything into the correct folders and deleted the rest but Windows
still will not let me rename the correct folders with the correct name;
William's Documents, for example. I still get the same error message. Do you
have any suggestions that may help me out?
--
Thanks in advance for any ideas you may have.

~ William ~



"Sharon F" wrote:

> On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 11:09:04 -0700, ~ William ~ wrote:
>
> > I was wondering, I recently had to repair XP Pro on my system and now I have
> > [myusername] and [myusername.myusername] folders for all accounts listen on
> > the computer. So I have several duplicate folders. I have tried to delete
> > them but get the following error: ".... is a windows system folder and is
> > required by Windows to run. It can not be moved or deleted."
> > Can anyone please help me get rid of these folders?
>
> William, this is the result of reinstalling Windows to the same folder
> (instead of repairing) and then creating users with the same names as
> before.
>
> For each set of duplicates, the folder with the most current Create date
> (seen in Details View in Explorer or in the folder's properties) is the
> current account folder. You can double check this by clicking Start> Run
> and typing in %userprofile%
>
> Windows Explorer will appear with the focus on the folders for the user
> that is currently logged on. I suspect that you will find that those with
> the .xxxxx tagged on to the end are the current folders.
>
> Copy data files from the old folders into the new ones. Then delete the old
> ones. If Windows still warns about these being system folders, ignore the
> warning.
>
> If the file system is NTFS, you may run into "access denied" messages when
> trying to move files. If this happens, take ownership of the files. Then
> move them.
>
> HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=308421
>
> --
> Sharon F
> MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
>

Sharon F
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 09:12:02 -0700, ~ William ~ wrote:

> Sharon,
> First of all, thanks for the speedy reply.
> As you suspected, the latter of the folders you described were the duplicates.
> I moved everything into the correct folders and deleted the rest but Windows
> still will not let me rename the correct folders with the correct name;
> William's Documents, for example. I still get the same error message. Do you
> have any suggestions that may help me out?

You don't want to rename the folder to William's Documents. XP does this
little trick on its own. Instead....

If you rename your user account to William then opening My Computer will
show Files Stored on this Computer: Shared Documents and William's
Documents.

As far as having folder names that match the user names, it's a lot of work
but can be done. The following MSKB article has the details. (NOTE: Your
current profiles aren't corrupt as mentioned in the title but they're
unwanted because of the .xxxxx at the end of the folder names.)

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=811151

General gist of the article and what you need to do:

Create an account in the administrator group. This will be a throw away
account that will be deleted later. Log off so that you can log on to this
new account. (Important to log off and not switch users).

Rename the existing users. Their displayed names will change, the names of
the underlying folders will stay the same (username.username). Restart
because permissions are loaded at startup and you want to be sure that the
new account names propagate completely to all the user portions of the
registry.

Create new accounts with the names that you want to ultimately use. Each
user needs to be logged on once for their folders to be created. User names
and folder names will now match.

Then copy the old accounts to the new accounts. Check that info has
transferred correctly. May need to re-enter a few things such as
username/passwords if you use software provided by your ISP or in settings
for email programs but everything else should have made it over to the new
accounts.

Once you're sure that everything transferred okay, delete the old accounts
(the ones that were renamed earlier). Delete the temporary administrator
account created at the beginning of this exercise.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User


Duplicate User Folders