I am working on someone's XP Pro SP3 PC and viewed the hidden files in the documents & settings to find out that there are multiple duplicates of LocalService.NT AUTHORITY and NetworkService.NT AUTHORITY (about 5 of each) which looks like this:
Network Service.NT AUTHORITY
Network Service.NT AUTHORITY(2).001
Network Service.NT AUTHORITY.000
Network Service.NT AUTHORITY.001
Network Service.NT AUTHORITY.002
Network Service.NT AUTHORITY.003
ive checked online and seen a variety of threads on cleaning up documents and settings that talk about ending up with (in my case)
some of them say it is just fine to delete:
default user (only used as template for creating new profile)
some others say that certain registry entries use them and those must be addressed first.
I have looked under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList to see that the ProfileImagePath subkeys point to the 003 folders.
Im guessing that these copies have been created after a system restore but Im not sure&.how should I proceed to delete the unused folders? Is it recommended to delete them at all?
This is a side question, but if we can delete the older folders that are not being referenced in the registry, can we then rename the 003 folders to just LocalService and NetworkService and change the registry values to point to those folders?
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