Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:05 AM
I RIS'ed a machine for work use, Windows XP Pro, and noticed that it has duplicate profiles in Docs & Settings for Default User and All Users, but the second profiles contain a .WINDOWS extension. My personal profile and the administrator profile do not. I don't have dual boot nor did I install Windows on a second partition. As far as I know the image from our RIS server is not corrupted, I have used it many times before with no issues.
My service director recalls something about this, thinking that when this happens there somehow was a second version of Windows created somewhere, or something like that. What may wind up happening, he says, is that at some point the PC could arbitrarily decide to boot to the alternate Windows and screw me up completely. I'm not sure if he's right, but I worry that he may actually be! I wouldn't be so devastated since I haven't wiped out my old machine yet, but I have client's machines that I know this is occurring on, and that would be really bad if something catastrophic happened!!! (One of the clients is the County Finance Director and Assistant Administrator!!!)
Does anyone know what this is really all about? Is it potentially a risk for future booting up? Can I just delete the two ".WINDOWS" profiles and be done with it, or is there a way to resolve this issue?
I would never ask a person to do something that I wouldn't do myself.