XP Home - Default User Folder deleted

  Fastflys 17:10 13 Aug 07

Hi all

My son has just informed me that he has deleted the Default User Folder [and sub-folders]in Documents & Settings and cleared the Recycle Bin

What is the Default User Folder used for and will it cause any problems now that it has been deleted?

The last time I used the XP recovery disk supplied with his computer and clicked on the repair option it proceeded to reinstall the whole OS programme instead. I then had to reinstall everything else so I'm not keen to go done that route again.


  Thalmus 17:20 13 Aug 07

The default user profile is used when a new account is set up, so as long as you don;t need to set up any more users then it should be fine.

Although I'm not sure but i think windows would recreate the folder if it detects its missing on start up. If not you could try running the system file checker, click start > run and type "sfc /scannow"

  Technotiger 17:26 13 Aug 07

Looks as if this is what you need to do ...

click here

  Fastflys 12:29 14 Aug 07

My son's computer OS is Win XP Home.
My laptop's OS is Win XP Pro.


Can I copy the Default User folder from my computer and paste it in Documents & Settings in my Son's computer, replacing the Default User Folder that he deleted or is it not that simple?


  Technotiger 13:03 14 Aug 07

Not that simple, no two pc's are exactly the same.

Best I think, to print the details from my above link and then follow the instructions there.

  Fastflys 14:25 14 Aug 07

OK and thanks.

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