Duplicate profile folders?

By michaellgates ·
I have very little knowledge of windows server so please bare with me. All of our workstations here are XP Pro and when I explore all users from the start button I see duplicate profile folders on many of the workstations such as User and User.domain. Can someone tell me why it?s done this and if I can remove the local profile folder without causing problems? All the users should be using the domain profile to log in.

Thanks in advance!

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local machine vs. domain

by mpace In reply to Duplicate profile folders ...

The .com folders are the folders of the domain users and the others are users of the local machine. I would safely say that the non .com folders can be removed safely, but it wouldn't hurt to take a look inside of them and move anything into the appropriate .com folder.

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Local Users

by michaellgates In reply to local machine vs. domain

How did the local user folders get created. I thought that you would have to create a user on the local machine for it to create those folders?

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You've gotta love windows!

by bart777 In reply to Local Users

This can happen when the normal profile has problems loading.

This is a FEATURE.

In most cases it's no big deal. You can delete old profiles without worrying too much. I would just check the My Documents folder real quick in case there are files that the user might think are missing. Then just look for the older profile folder date and clean house.

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Not really duplicates

by Kenone In reply to Duplicate profile folders ...

You'll have a profile for the local machine and every domain that you log into. Workgroups too I think. They are not the same and can be very different. You can delete unused or defunct profiles but don't leave yourself without a local login account.

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