Questions concerning additional accounts


  1. Posts : 693
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    Questions concerning additional accounts


    I have a 'small storage' hybrid 2-in-1 tablet PC. In addition to my main (Administrator) account I have two additional accounts, to which I have given very little attention until now. One was created by a MS tech to help with some remote work he did; one (local Administrator) was created by me by clicking a menu item in Winaero Tweaker. I am giving them some attention at the moment as a part of preparing for the immanent October update, which is the reason for question 1, as follows:

    1. what effect do these extra accounts have on available storage space on my C drive? If I were to remove one or both of them would this release some storage space on my small emmc SSD C drive? Would it be an insignificant amount (lets say less than 1 GB) or might it make a worthwhile difference?

    2. what determines what is displayed when I open these accounts, they do not have the desktop from my main account, instead they have a 'selection' of the main account's desktop icons which is different in each case. How is this 'selection' made? It looks somewhat random.

    3. as I am the only user are there useful things which can be achieved with these additional accounts? So far I have not even created any extra desktops in my main account, though I can see this is something I may do at some point.

    I hope this makes sense!
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,509
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    1. Yes, they could use space. How much? Depends on e.g.
    a. the amount of personal data under that account - e.g. in library folders.
    b. the programs installed or used under that account that may have created folders unique to that user
    There will also be space associated with the Start Menu, for example.
    You could see this by going to C:\Users\<account profile foldername>

    c. Some space in the Registry

    This program can help you see how space is allocated quite readily. You can see the space for the user profile folder for Dummy - an account in which I've installed no programs unique to it. Quite a few installed programs have folders under that account though.

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    2. Desktop
    The desktop as seen is comprised of an amalgamation of two folders- the Public desktop, and the Desktop per user.
    The icons displayed may include shortcuts to installed programs if those were added on installation or manually.

    (Note programs can be installed per user, or for all users).

    3. You should only be concerned about user accounts added since installation- not the hidden Administrator account or the Guest account.
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  3. Posts : 693
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks, your response has been very helpful. Using Tree Size I seem to have maybe 2 or 4 GB tied up in the Christopher account, either of which would be worthwhile to release. (The other account is much smaller an anyway is Administrator so better left alone).
    I would appreciate some guidance regarding removal to be sure I am doing the right thing. The reason I have said 2GB or 4GB is that the 2GB is listed as 'allocated' which I am not clear about. Is it the same as what I would call 'in use' or 'occupied', and the other 2GB is 'vacant' or 'available', ie. 'unused'. If I have got this right, I presume I could release some / all of the 'in use' storage by simply deleting the C drive files I have found in File Explorer? Or, if I delete the Christopher folder I guess I would release the 4GB, and at the same time I would have removed the Christopher account itself? 2GB would be worthwhile, 4GB even better.
    In addition, if I have understood this correctly, I am wondering how the 4GB total came to be created in the first place as I would expect space to only have been created as and when it is used, ie. allocated, instead of both used and unused.. Otherwise why 4GB and not some other figure.

    Steep learning curve detected!

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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,509
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Hi, I can't tell you for sure. See discussion here:
    windows 7 - The amount of space reported by OS does not match reality - Super User

    I'd have guessed the difference between total file size and total space occupied on disk, allowing for wasted space (inefficiency in cluster use).

    If you wish to delete an account you should use Settings, search for 'users'

    Then using Treesize or Wiztree (I've just tried using Treesize and definitely prefer Wiztree) look for large unnecessary files e.g. dmp or perhaps log files

    You can conveniently configure Ccleaner to clean a few specific areas you find, using of course, due caution. Don't delete if unsure.
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