Windows 10: Win 10 creating two copies of all files

  1.    20 Nov 2017 #1

    Win 10 creating two copies of all files


    Save photo as Jim 2016.jpg it then shows up in two places:
    E:\Users\Jim H\Documents\Pictures
    E:\Documents and Settings\Jim H\Documents\Pictures

    Advice Please.
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  2.    20 Nov 2017 #2

    Documents and Settings is only a Junction hard link to the real users folders. Documents and Settings is not a real folder.

    C:\>dir /a
     Volume in drive C is Windows 10 Pro
     Volume Serial Number is 9FFF-EBE0
     Directory of C:\
    11/12/2017  05:59 AM    <DIR>          $Recycle.Bin
    10/19/2017  05:59 PM    <DIR>          $WINDOWS.~LS
    10/16/2017  09:25 PM    <DIR>          $Windows.~WS
    06/16/2017  02:44 PM    <DIR>          boot
    05/09/2017  06:36 PM    <JUNCTION>     Documents and Settings [C:\Users]
    11/20/2017  12:25 PM     2,550,136,832 pagefile.sys
    09/29/2017  05:46 AM    <DIR>          PerfLogs
    11/19/2017  04:33 AM    <DIR>          Program Files
    11/15/2017  09:09 AM    <DIR>          Program Files (x86)
    10/09/2017  11:29 AM    <DIR>          ProgramData
    10/09/2017  10:09 AM    <DIR>          Recovery
    11/20/2017  12:25 PM        16,777,216 swapfile.sys
    11/19/2017  07:15 PM    <DIR>          System Volume Information
    11/12/2017  09:35 AM    <DIR>          Users
    11/16/2017  11:51 PM    <DIR>          Windows
                   2 File(s)  2,566,914,048 bytes
                  13 Dir(s)  321,641,627,648 bytes free
    It's done that way to maintain compatibility with really old programs that are looking for a Documents and Settings folder.
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  3.    20 Nov 2017 #3

    So you are saying there are not two files, just two pointers, I guess.
    So I can delete the Documents and Setting folder?
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  4.    20 Nov 2017 #4

    jharris91 said: View Post
    So you are saying there are not two files, just two pointers, I guess.
    So I can delete the Documents and Setting folder?
    There is one file that is located in a real folder C:\Users\Jim H

    There is a pointer only to that same file under Documents and Settings.

    You can try deleting the Documents and Settings junction if you want to, but it might prevent some installed programs that access user files under Documents and Settings from operating correctly.
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  5.    20 Nov 2017 #5
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