|"A family member wanted to install his own wallpaper on his user profile and somehow, in doing so, seemed to have wiped out mine.Luckily, my documents on D drive were not affected but they were no longer linked to my existing user profile."|
If he was using his own user profile that can't happen to your user profile.
He must have been using your user profile.
Do you have a Logon password that only you know for the old user ?
"....am concerned that if I eliminate the "new" user profile which seems to be linked to a large number of files, I will cut off the access to those files from my existing user profile, which doesn't seem to have access to many files."
Are those "large number of files" of any concern to you, or to any other user ?
Do you have a Logon password that only you know for the new user ?
"1) How do I delete the "new" profile without removing my "old" profile's access to documents?"
You said ".... my existing user profile, which doesn't seem to have access to many files."
Which files do you not have access to ? Does that include the documents ?
What do mean by "doesn't seem to have access to many files." ?
Can you see the files and folders but you get "Access Denied" messages when you try to access them ?
That easy to fix, if your old user has administrator rights.
How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
NOTE: you probably have to reboot the computer before the settings you change actually take effect!
Or, are you not seeing some of the files at all ?
"2) How do I change the data on the user profile so I get back the "old" profile's wallpaper and desktop links without wiping out the new links etc I had to create on the new profile?"
Is there anything wrong with the old profile other than what you've already mentioned ?
Is it okay except for that ?
If yes, you don't need the new profile.
You could fix whatever is wrong with the old profile,
and you can copy your desktop links (shortcuts) in the new profile, to the old profile, by booting the computer into Safe mode and Logon as The Administrator user to do that,
then delete the new profile.
When you attempt to delete a user, a brief message pops up that says something like "Are you sure ? All the data for the user will be deleted !"
If you continue and delete the user....
EVERYTHING for that user listed in C:\Documents and Settings\(that user)\(all that users files and folders), and the C:\Documents and Settings\(that user) folder, are deleted and they DO NOT appear in the Recycle Bin.
That includes everything for that user in
- My Documents and all it's sub folders - My Music, My Pictures, etc.
- if that user was using an email program that's installed on the computer, all the saved emails, attachments, the saved email addresses or contacts, etc.
- all personally placed shortcuts, files, and folders that were on the desktop screen
- all personal Favorites for Internet Exporer (saved links to web sites)
- many programs also store personal info and settings there. E.g.other internet browsers, other email programs.
If you delete a user and then make another one with the same name, those files and folders ARE NOT restored.
If the files you are concerned about are NOT in
C:\Documents and Settings\(new user)\(all that users files and folders)
then they will NOT be deleted when you delete the new user.