Re: Documents and Settings subfolders

From: Dave D (
Date: 10/25/03

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 15:09:54 -0700


Thanks much for the more detailed analysis.
It's interesting the other ways you can see this
phenomenom happening - and they make sense to me.
Unfortunately, I appear to be in that elusive fourth cause
(i.e. - unknown) category!

It will probably have to remain a mystery to us all (which
is both good and bad) because I went in and deleted my
user accounts (actually deleted the admin accounts in safe
mode and then the limited accounts in normal mode) and the
recreated accounts are NOT experiencing this problem.
I've tried messing with it - but can't get the profile to recreate. So it looks
fixed...for now? Bizarre.
Thank you again. And if you think there is something else
worth trying or checking anyway, please let me know.

>-----Original Message-----
>Hi Dave,
>Thanks for clearing that up, as I was not too certain from
>your post just when the first of the two was being
>There are three circumstances I am aware of where this
>happens, well, now maybe four.
>1. if the first profile for the use has become
>2. in a domain if domain account Joe and local account Joe
> both use the machine
>3. if multiple boots installed on the machine end up using
> the same Documents and Settings for profiling
>Your circumstance, where a newly defined account gets two
>profile folders created on its first login is new to me.
>What happens if you define a test account, log in, and
>do something like making a shortcut on the desktop and
>check to see that it is in the D&S\
>Then log off and in as an admin, delete the D&S\account
>profile and rename the D&S\ profile to
>be simply D&S\account ?
>Was this system cloned ?
>Roger Abell
>Microsoft MVP (Windows Server System: Security)
>MCSE (W2k3,W2k,Nt4) MCDBA
>"Dave D" <> wrote in
>> Roger - Thank you - and yes. But...what I'm asking is
>> is the system automatically creating TWO essentially
>> duplicate user profile folders for ONE user account??
>> P.S. - Other people I know with XP have not experienced
>> this phenomenom. If they have a user named "joe", they
>> only have one user profile folder, rather than one
>> called "joe" and one called "joe.COMPUTER1".
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >You cannot manually create user profile folders.
>> >These are automatically created in the stand-alone
>> >environment upon first login by the account.
>> >
>> >--
>> >Roger Abell
>> >Microsoft MVP (Windows Server System: Security)
>> >MCSE (W2k3,W2k,Nt4) MCDBA
>> >"Dave D" <> wrote in
>> message
>> >news:028d01c39993$6e89c230$a301280a@phx.gbl...
>> >> Has anyone had this problem (feature)? I set up my
>> >> new PC, with XP home edition already installed, with
>> >> user accounts upon the first time boot up of the
>> machine.
>> >> These had first names associated with them and
>> >> folders under document and settings with the same
>> >> (i.e. - joe, bill, ted, mike). Then when each user
>> account
>> >> was accessed, it would create an almost duplcate
>> >> (the duplicate one was about 10% larger in size)
>> the
>> >> computer system name I also assigned during first
>> >> boot up of the PC (i.e. - computer1) as an
extension, so
>> >> that I would have both a joe folder and a
>> >> folder. Deleting the duplicate folders only means
>> >> would be recreated next time that user account is
>> >> into. These are not temp folders though - if you
>> >> delete them, they stay. Anyone know what is causing
>> this?
>> >> Thanks much!
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>> >.
>> >