If I were you, I'd want to smack me upside the head, but the special thing about this site is that nobody seems to point out the obvious stupidity of some users, a practice which I'm certainly grateful for at this point.
Here's my situation: I have a new HP desktop, pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium. I've been slowly setting it up for a week, prior to moving over my data from my XP machine, and prior to connecting to the 'net. I've learned a LOT the last few days, enough to know that I didn't really know what I was doing when I started the process (and maybe still don't). Sorry this is going to be long, but I want to try to cover all I did so I can get good advice.
I initially started out setting up an Admin account, then decided that I wanted to rename it. Then, I set up a standard account for my hubby and figured I'd use the Admin account. Then I realized that I shouldn't be logging in as Admin all the time (duh!) and set up a standard account for myself too. Then, I decided that to keep our documents separate for sanity sake, we'd need to have our own directories under Documents, but with pemissions for both of us to have access to all each other's documents. So, I created two folders under what I 'think' was the Desktop parent directory and set up permissions for everything. Then, I decided that XP drove me crazy with the "two different" desktops and that I'd be much better off having just using one shared standard account, so I renamed one of them. Then, I start looking more closely at the directory and discover the USERS directory, which now has two folder entries, each named from the original accounts, as well as a PUBLIC directory. I was clueless about the new directory structure and the junction-points and all and as they say, a LITTLE knowledge is a dangerous thing. None of this really came to light until I tried to create a test document in Word 2007 and then couldn't seem to save it anywhere, then I started looking around in the directory and thinking Good Heavens, What Have I Done?!?!? I seem to have a mix of user names on the directories, permissions, and everything, from my willy-nilly approach.
It seems like I now have two options, and I don't know which is best, and/or safest for me to have an understandable system going forward ('cause I swear I'll never do another upgrade and try to figure out another system).
1) I can attempt to get a clear picture of what the directory SHOULD look like (i.e., should it have the same Contacts-Desktop-Documents-Downloads...Videos structure under Desktop, or is that something stupid I did? should there also be two separate and identical structures - from Contacts through Videos under each user name under C:/Users) and then figure out how they should be permissioned and clean it all up... or
2) I can use the System Recovery disk that I initially made (although I don't remember what point in the User Account Setup it was done, and I may end up with many of the same issues - although I'm pretty sure I didn't run very far amok before I did the disk creation because I wanted to have a clean fall-back disk). I've only installed a couple of programs, and have install disks for them (like Office 2007), and I have no data files on it yet, so I wouldn't be losing anything except the time I spent trying to de-junk-ify the machine.
Option 3 would be a restoration to a previous restore point, but since I made so many of them while trying to test out what I thought was a failing Restore (in previous thread), and because I did one every time I installed a new piece of software, they don't go back far enough.
Any advice would be gratefully welcomed.