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This computer vs. a user

  1. #1


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1

    This computer vs. a user


    Probably a stupid question but I just noticed when I was searching for a photo on my computer (windows 8.1) that there is a category (I know, wrong way to describe it) that says "This PC" but then you can go into the c drive from within that category and find my name as a user (only user on the computer) each place has pictures, documents and such....are they the same? I'm afraid I may be saving pictures to both instead of just one if so. If they are separate, is there an easy way to move all the pictures from "this pc" to my user name?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Andreah,

    Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing this location to help see.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Click image for larger version Sorry if it's small, I'm not good at this, hopefully you can make bigger. You see there are pictures under this pc and also under users, my name. Are they the same or different? If different, why? I originally only had it set up with one place for pictures.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok. I see now.

    The "Folders" section in the "This PC" window are just shortcuts of your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folders, so they're the same.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by andreah1 View Post
    Probably a stupid question but I just noticed when I was searching for a photo on my computer (windows 8.1) that there is a category (I know, wrong way to describe it) that says "This PC" but then you can go into the c drive from within that category and find my name as a user (only user on the computer) each place has pictures, documents and such....are they the same? I'm afraid I may be saving pictures to both instead of just one if so. If they are separate, is there an easy way to move all the pictures from "this pc" to my user name?
    windows always worked this way ,with win8 they changed the name .in previous versions of windows ,like Vista XP Win7 ect ect 'THIS PC' use to be called 'MY COMPUTR' and they are the same files so no need to worry
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  6. #6


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Ok, thanks, apparently I've just never noticed this before. I was worried that I was going to have to go thru all my pictures and documents. So, even if by chance something saved itself into "this computer" instead of under my user, would I still find it under my user name?
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  7. #7


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Whilst we are on the subject - your user data would be a lot safer if you moved it out if the C partition to an independent data partition. Then it would not be affected in case your OS goes belly up.

    There are several ways to do that. If you like to persue the idea, post back and we'll discuss the options.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Andreah,

    That's correct. They are the same the same folder, so it doesn't matter which location you saved or viewed from since the target location would be your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folder.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks!
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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