Clean up old profiles

A profile can become quite large, particularly if you use applications like Outlook that store data in your profile.

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A profile can become quite large, particularly if you use Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or other applications that store data in your profile. If you log on with several different user accounts on the same computer, your system might contain several profiles you no longer use; these profiles are potentially taking up quite a bit of disk space. It's easy to clean up these profiles and recover that space. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Right-click My Computer and choose Properties to open the System Properties sheet.

2. Click the User Profiles tab to view the list of profiles stored on the computer and the amount of disk space each profile consumes.

3. You can move a profile to a server or another computer if you need to retain a copy of the profile's data, or simply delete the profile. To move a profile, select the profile and click Copy To.

4. Specify the desired location for the profile and click OK.

5. After Windows 2000 copies the profile, click Delete to delete it.

6. If you don't want to retain the profile's data, simply select the profile and click Delete.

This was first published in June 2002

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