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Using a Dell desktop with W10 and Open Office Writer as my word processor I see that my saved documents are stored in folder C:\users\801\documents. I'm curious about the "801" designation. Was that name selected by Dell? Do those particular numbers (801) have any special significance?

 

I confess that I no longer understand the topology of W10 folders. An old codger, I was fine with the logic of directories under DOS (with its C:drive and its daughters) but am now confused with "desktop", "My PC", "801", etc. If anyone knows of a good primer on this subject I'd be glad to learn of it. To my mind, the jaunty but vacuous style of the Idiot books do not qualify.

 

Thanks. ....batpark


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Under C:\Users directory you will found your user account profile folder where all your documents are saved.

What is your user account name?


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Freebooter: 

 

When I view C:\users I see three entries: 801; Default, migrated; and Public. And when I click 801 I do indeed see my documents, as you say.

 

Several additional questions:

 

1. The designation "801": did I create that name or did Dell (the PC builder) do so; or was it created by the W10 OS? Does "801" have some special meaning or is it just a random number?

 

2. Whatever is the Default, migrated folder? Am I missing anything important not knowing?

 

3. Whatever are the Public folders? -- I see that all of my subfolders (Public Music, etc) are all empty.

 

Thank you for your help. ... batpark

 

... Batpark


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Are you using a local account or a Microsoft Account to login with? If a MS account then the 801 may be part of your account name???


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Your first question answered by @Ztruker.

 

Default  folder use by Windows to create new user account profile.

 

Public folders can be access by all user accounts.


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Footnoter and Ztruker: I appreciate your help and your patience but I am afraid I am still confused. (That the issue is just academic -- my confusion does not appear to effect my use of the PC -- doesn't make it less frustrating.)

 

Q1: When I boot up I am asked to select from two user names: 801 or Joe Smith (my name). I choose Joe Smith, enter a password and I get to my desktop. So I guess (answering Ztruker's question) I must be using a "local" account, right? And that 801 designation must refer to something Dell or MS selected, right?

 

Q2: Freebooter refers to C:\users and says I will find a "user profile folder" there. So far as I can see, I do not do so. I see only these three folders there: 801, Default.migrated, and Public. Where is my "profile folder"?

 

<What is> this "user profile folder"?

 

What are these Public folders; and what does it mean that all of my Public folders are empty?

 

Continued thanks. ..... batpark


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Please open the Command Prompt by simply holding down the BxVxp04.png + X keys and select the option “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the menu.
 

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Execute following command:

 

Echo %UserProfile% | Clip

Above command will copy your currently login user account profile folder path to Windows clipboard please paste the content of the Windows clipboard to your next post. 


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FreeBooter: Not sure what the "+ X keys" are, so I got to the Command prompt another way (Window key+R); and I  entered the command you suggested (Echo %UserProfile% | Clip). But got this error message: Windows cannot find "Echo". ????                         ... batpark


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What message do you get when you execute just Echo command?


Edited by FreeBooter, 19 March 2017 - 05:52 PM.

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What message do you get when you execute just Echo command?

1. I get to RUN by clicking the Windows key (to the right of Ctrl) + R

2. I type Echo into the Open box and then OK

3. I get message "Windows cannot find 'Echo."

 

???? .... batpark


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You need to open Command Prompt by typing Cmd.exe into Start Menu search box.


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FreeBooter: Not sure how to get to Start Menu search box. But I DO know how to get to the command prompt (by Windows key (next to Ctrl) +R).

 

When at the command line    C:\users\801>   I enter echo I get the response "Echo is on."

 

... batpark


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From Command Prompt type:

Echo %UserProfile% | Clip

Paste the content of the Windows clipboard to your next post.


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FreeBooter: Really sorry to be so inept but .... HOW DO I GET to  my Clipboard?  ... batpark


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After executing the command right click empty space at your next post and select Paste


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