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Question about two folders in "MY computer" panel

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#1 Chris4835


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 03:30 PM

I purchased this used laptop at a garage sale. It has Windows XP. I know XP is not supported any longer but I don't use it to go online. My question is this: When I open MY COMPUTER there are two folders. One is named Documents. When I click on it I get c:\documents and settings\All Users\Documents is not accessible. It seems to be just an empty folder. But I can't delete it, which I want to do.


The second folder has the owners name on it and I can open it, but I would like to rename it with my name yet rename is not on the right-click list. How can I rename it or remove the name altogether? And I can not delete it either. I hope someone has the answer.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 06:59 PM

To remove the Docs/Settings folders created for each user...I believe that you may have to delete the user profile for that person.


A possible alternative would be to take ownership of those files and then try to delete them...but I don't know if they can be deleted without reappearing (because they are system files).


How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


Deleting the user acccount breaks that possibility of resurrection upon reboot.



Edited by hamluis, 29 December 2014 - 07:01 PM.

#3 Chris4835

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 10:28 AM

Thanxs Louis for the quick reply. I already set my self up as Administrator So deleting that account should not cause any problems. I hope.

Edited by hamluis, 30 December 2014 - 10:32 AM.

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