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Where Windows XP Actually Stores Your Documents

Windows XP is designed to be shared easily by several people. You don't have to share it (no one else gets their mitts on my PC) but it's set up so that you can (see Chapter 30 for more on this). Each person who has an “account” on your PC will have his or her own folder within the main Documents and Settings folder. If you haven't set up any accounts, Windows will create a default account called Administrator (they're so creative in Redmond, Washington). Once you set up an account, XP will create additional folders within the main Documents and Settings folder—one for each account name.

The ABCs of Disk Drive Names

In the My Computer window, you'll notice that each disk drive has a letter as well as a name associated with it. A: refers to your floppy drive; C: is your computer's internal hard disk; and your CD-ROM or DVD drive is probably D. If you have other drives installed they are named, E:, F:, and so on. This is just a way to keep the different drives straight.



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