Who am I?
When you do a re-installation of
Windows XP, and then logon to the new installation, instead of using your old
profile in Documents and Settings, Windows XP creates a new one! A user profile
under Documents and Settings is by default named the same as the user name. But
if Windows XP doesn't realize that you are the same as the existing profile, it
will simply create a new profile for you, using your name, and a suffix. The
suffix may be the computer name, or a three digit number starting at 000. If
there is an existing profile with that name, Windows XP will increment the
number and try again until it creates a new, unique name for your profile.
But, you want your old profile. It has
your documents, desktop, and all the other settings that make you who you are.
There are tools to help fix-up the
broken profile linkage. You can move most of these pointers back to your old
profile using the Windows XP Power Toys add-on to Windows XP. This tool
includes a number of interesting utilities, though the most important one for
managing profiles is the Tweak UI tool.
Power Toys for Windows XP may be
Using Tweak UI is easy enough, but you
must remember that it does not move any files, it only specifies where they are
to be found. If you wish to move your My Documents folder, first change the
location in Tweak UI, and then copy the correct My Documents folder to the same
location you used in Tweak UI. (Usually you will just point My Documents to the
location of your original My Documents.)
The multiple My Documents effect also
may appear when a clean installation is made to a drive that has an existing
Documents and Settings. Setup will not remove anything from Documents and
Settings, and Windows will create a new user profile following a Windows