Windows 7 - How do I clean up the Documents and Settings folder?

Asked By Oldbrai on 12-May-07 07:05 AM
Following a problem period when I had to reinstall Windows XP several times I
note that I have many folders in my Documents and Settings folder, such as
Administrator, All Users, Default User, Guest, OEM, which I am happy with,
plus OAM, OEM.CENTRAL.002, All Users.WINDOWS, etc…..  I suspect that all
these latter files are not helping the smooth running of XP and wonder if
some of them can be merged into one.  Has any one successfully accomplished

Wesley Vogel replied on 12-May-07 03:01 PM
None of those folders should affect how your machine runs, unless they
contain malware, viruses, etc.

If you lose Full Control permissions to your profile folder, in the
%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings folder, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
will create a new one the next time you log on. The new profile is named:

UserName - if the older profile was deleted.
UserName.ComputerName - if the old profile exists.
UserName.ComputerName.000 - if UserName.ComputerName exists.
UserName.ComputerName.001 - if UserName.ComputerName.000 exists.

Above explains how the names are arrived at.

Below are some links on how to recover and/or remove what's not needed.

Duplicate profile folders exist under the "Documents and Settings" folder

How to rename or move a User Profile folder

HOW TO: Restore a User Profile in Windows 2000

How To Restore a User Profile in Windows Server 2003

How do I recovery a lost local user profile?

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile

Hope this helps.  Let us know.

MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

Oldbrain <Oldbrain@> hunted and pecked:
Oldbrai replied on 13-May-07 12:20 PM
Thanks for your trouble Wes, it looks like I shall be able to sort things out
with all this information.  I will let you know how I get on!
Wesley Vogel replied on 13-May-07 12:36 PM
Have fun.

Hope this helps.  Let us know.

MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
Kaj replied on 20-May-07 08:51 AM
Well my advice to you is to leave everything exactly as it is.  One thing I
have learned is that if I mess with Windows and I am not exactly sure what I
am doing or what will happen, it is a recipe for disaster.