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I'm running a Windows XP Professional desktop PC. While maintaining user accounts, I noticed an account that I didn't set up. I didn't want to delete it because I thought maybe a program I'm running may have set up this user account. The name of the account is Machine A... It is a limited account and it is password protected. When I click "change password", it warns me that I will lose all EFS-encrypted files, personal certificates and stored passwords for websites and network resources.

Should I leave this user profile alone or remove it?


This question was answered on March 22, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The reason that you have that user created is because you most likely have Microsoft Visual Studio installed on your machine, when you install the program it creates this user.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 22, 2004