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Can I merge/delete 2 different Windows 10 User folders with the same name but different upper/lower case?

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Due to an upgrade or Windows "refreshing", I somehow ended up creating 2 different Windows 10 user folders:

  • C:\user\E
  • C:\user\e

The contents are identical, although each folder seems to preserve it's own settings (such as view settings:  Details vs. Icon).  When I make changes in folder, it is reflected in the other folder.  It's almost like one folder is a shadow of the other.  Can I safely delete one?  Or can I merge them?  Or just ignore?

I found this from Wikipedia

The older Microsoft Windows filesystems VFAT and FAT32 are not case-sensitive, but are case-preserving. The earlier FAT12 filesystem was case-insensitive and not case-preserving, so that a file whose name is entered as readme.txt or ReadMe.txt is saved as README.TXT.[6] Later Windows file systems such as NTFS are internally case-sensitive, and a readme.txt and a Readme.txt can coexist in the same directory. However, for practical purposes filenames behave as case-insensitive as far as users and most software are concerned.[7]
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