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Windows 7: Can order of user accounts on welcome screen be changed

24 Oct 2009   #1
vesh88

 
 
Can order of user accounts on welcome screen be changed

Hey guys I used the premium upgrade version to upgrade my vista to 7 and loving it so far. With vista on the welcome screen it was alphabetical so with my name beginning with "A" my name was first, my parents who I start pff woith my mums name "L" 2nd and my sister "M" 3rd but since the upgrade the order changed and now I'm 3rd, my sister second and my parents first. NOt so big a deal but I was use to the old order plus with my name being first I just had to hit enter and type in password now I'm too lazy to use the cursor to click on my name or the arrow keys to go to it hahaha nah but just was use to the old order and wow I've made a long post over something so dumb
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24 Oct 2009   #2
Kari

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Hello Vesh and welcome to the SevenForums.

Logon screen shows the user accounts in alphabetical order based on the names first given to the account when it is created. If you change the user account name later, it does no longer change the order accounts are presented. Reason is simple: even if you change the user account name later, the user account folder keeps the original name. Renaming the user subfolders in C:\Users does not change the situation.
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An example:
You create an user account called Tom. After Tom logs in to that account first time, the subfolder Tom is created in C:\Users. This folder has now subfolders Vesh, Tom and Public. Logon screen shows two accounts alphabetically, first Tom and your account Vesh next to it.

You want your account to be shown first, so you go to Control Panel > User Accounts and change Tom's user name to Z-Tom. Logically this should now move your account first on logon screen (V before Z), but it's not going to happen because even though user name Tom was changed to Z-Tom, this users subfolder in C:\Users still has the name Tom.

Changing the username in User Accounts does not change the user's subfolders name thus the account order in logon screen stays as it was when user's subfolder was created by logging in first time!
What all this means is that you have to think the logon screen account order already when creating accounts. One method is to create accounts with names like A.Vesh, B.Tom, C.Wife and so on, and then log in to these accounts once so that the user subfolders are created. After that you can change the user names to whatever you like; logon screen is always going to show these three accounts in the alphabetical order they had when created.

I am very sorry I can not explain it better. I hope you can understand what I wrote; I read it through now and I have difficulties to understand my own text!
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24 Oct 2009   #3
vesh88

 
 

Yup I understand. Any explanation on why the order changed themselves after the upgrade?
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24 Oct 2009   #4
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vesh88 View Post
Yup I understand. Any explanation on why the order changed themselves after the upgrade?
Never heard that happen! Interesting!


I have no explanation, the order should always be the same as was the alphabetical order of user subfolders in C:\Users when accounts were created.

Do the names of user accounts and user subfolders match in your computer? Vesh < > Vesh, Tom <> Tom etc. I mean, have you changed user names after creation or do all of your users still have same account names than when account was created?

Kari
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25 Oct 2009   #5
vesh88

 
 

All have the same as when the account was first created. After I upgraded I changed them to see if they rearrange but didn't work so renamed them to their original names. In my computer it has same order from top to bottom as what it is now on the welcome screen I can't remember if the order was different in my computer before.
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