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Duplicate built-in acounts - All Users (All Users.WINNT), Default User and Administrator accounts?

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We have a Win2K ghost image used for rebuilding defective PCs.  One of our images has duplicate built in accounts as follows:
"All Users" and "All Users.WINNT"; "Default User" and "Default Users.WINNT"; Administrator and Administrator.{machinename}.
No idea what process was used to build them.  We have other images with same issue.

My question - how & why are they there?  The profiles that do NOT have ".WINNT" don't appear to be in use - and they don't contain all the typical components.

I'm really just looking for some reference to read/understand this matter of the .WINNT profiles.

Many thanks,
Bailey
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by:dis1931
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This is normal behavior:

Credit for this answer goes to:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/WinNT_Networking/Q_20319904.html
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In addition to that and what explains your problem in particular...with all users.winnt and default users.winnt is that most likely someone did an install of Windows 2000 over an exisiting Windows 2000 instsall which would cause these default profiles to have their names altered.  The explanation in the previous posting was only related to why domain users would have a profile duplicated.

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by:baileyk9
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Many thanks!
 I see by the response that the question/answer was previously posted in different form by another user, but dis1931 added some additional value with that response - which specifically was the issue in my case (as I later discovered).
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