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Posted 28 May 2007 - 06:51 PM
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 10:08 PM
The Administrator account is the primary account for administering the computer - without it, you may have difficulties later on. It's best to leave it be (Don't delete it).
The All Users account is used for any user that logs on. In effect (?affect?) your Desktop and Start Menu are composed of your profile and the All Users profile. So getting rid of the All Users profile will cause you to "lose" a lot of stuff. Don't delete it
The Default User profile is the base from which profiles are created - it's what's used to create a new profile. Don't delete it.
The Guest profile has special restrictions in effect - and it can be disabled rather than removing it (in the Users applet in Control Panel). At times it's needed for networking and shouldn't be deleted.
The Owner profile is usually setup by the computer manufacturer or the folks who setup your computer the first time it was turned on and is usually an Administrator account (but not always). This can "probably" be safely deleted - but I won't guarantee it.
The other profiles are used by the system to take care of it's "needs" and should not be messed with unless you know the consequences. You can hose your system's ability to do things without them.
If you're going to mess around in the system files, then I'd suggest you become familiar with repairing XP ( http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm ) and that you back your data up (in case a clean install of XP is necessary). I learned about this stuff the hard way - and have many reinstalls (and lost data) under my belt because of it.
Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:02 AM
Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:38 AM
I doubt that System Restore will save everything (there is a way to check what it saves somewhere on this site: http://bertk.mvps.org/ )
The safest thing to do is to "Move" (not copy) the data elsewhere on the hard drive - then test to see if everything is where it's supposed to be. Then, after you're done moving it all, save the moved stuff to a CD/DVD/external drive and then delete the stuff off of your system.
Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:40 AM
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