Windows 10: Why do I have a second user-account folder outside of \user\?

  1.    13 May 2018 #1

    Why do I have a second user-account folder outside of \user\?


    My windows 10 user name is "stan". There is a folder under the folder \user\ named \stan\. And there is a folder \stan\ at the same level as \user\. Both \stan\s contain exactly the same sub-folders and files. File Explorer shows the locations on the C: drive:

    \stan\
    \user\stan\

    Why does this configuration exist?
    Should I do something about it?
    If so, what?
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  2. Posts : 925
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       14 May 2018 #2

    Stan,

    This is probably just how File explorer chooses to display things rather than a real problem.

    Please would you post a File explorer screenshot so that the situation can be better understood.

    Denis
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    14 May 2018 #3

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    I discovered while taking the screen shot that the duplicate of \stan\ only occurs when viewing what File Explorer displays over my network. The duplicated folder does not display on the C: drive where \users\ is.

    I have three Win10 computers connected. Each sees the duplicated (mirror) folder when viewing another computer (or itself) over the network.

    As far as I know this does not cause a problem. Maybe it is supposed to happen and happens to all networks? Whether or not it is normal, I am interested in understanding what the point is.
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  4. Posts : 925
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       14 May 2018 #4

    Stan,

    That looks to me like you have shared the whole of your Users folders and you have also separately shared your Stan folder.

    You can stop one of them appearing by unsharing the folder concerned - right-click, Properties, Sharing tab, Advanced sharing, uncheck the box for Share this folder.

    Denis
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    14 May 2018 #5

    Try3 said: View Post
    Stan,

    That looks to me like you have shared the whole of your Users folders and you have also separately shared your Stan folder.

    You can stop one of them appearing by unsharing the folder concerned - right-click, Properties, Sharing tab, Advanced sharing, uncheck the box for Share this folder.

    Denis
    Thanks Denis,
    That was it. Now I understand share permissions better.
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