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Icons/Files from "User" folder showing up in "Computer" folder


I have several icons/files from my "User" folder showing up in the "Computer" folder (several in duplicate), PLUS numerous blank icons...

This seems to have occurred after the Common Files folder became corrupted, after I somewhat riskily decided to power off while Vista was attempting to come out of Sleep mode - it had already taken about 3 mins and I was in a hurry - bad move, I know. That delay appears to have been due to an old version of Online Armor, and has now been fixed (by an update). Chkdsk scanned and (apparently) corrected some errors, and I also ran SFC which said it had corrected some errors but had also found some that it couldn't correct. Any help much appreciated.

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Um...I switched it off for space-related reasons. I'm guessing the best solution would be a repair install. However, as the prob appears to be a purely cosmetic one, that can wait. Unless, of course, there's some other way to fix this kind of corruption in Vista.

Btw, there's a couple of "Desktop"'s in my User folder too.



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It may be easier to create a new Administrator account, and copy the contents of your old account's user folders into the corresponding new account's user folders. If everything checks out ok, you can then delete the old user account from within the new one.


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Sorry for the long pause, Brink - waylaid by domestic issues I'm afraid.

Anyway, yes that sounds worth a try. I'll give that a go (when I can find the time...) and let you know how it turns out.

Many thanks :)