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Windows 7: How to change default profile/computer name?

12 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
How to change default profile/computer name?

Hi. i'm sorry if i ask something dumb coz i am!
i'm new in using windows 7 and dont know how to cook the system. all i can operate is the one and only microsoft word.
so here's my problem: my laptop was reinstalled. and when i checked it, i found the default profile (or computer?) name changed to be "test".
C:\Users\test
is there any way to change the name? coz i cant right-click it...
thank you in advance.


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12 Jun 2010   #2

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi

Before doing the following, make a backup of your essential data (photos, music, documents etc.) in case those are lost when you make the changes.

  1. You will need your Admin Credentials - Go to Control Panel>User Accounts and Family Safety>User Accounts>Change Your Account Name
  2. To change the Computer Name - Right Click My Computer from the Start Orb (Or Desktop)>Select Properties>Modify via "Change Settings"
Hope this helps and keep us posted on your results

Regards
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12 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hi, Lomai. Thanks for the help.
I'v tried 2nd way and my computer name changed successfuly.
But i thought it wud change the main user folder name i'v mentione before too, but it doesnt change.
I want to change d main user folder name which located on
C:/users/[my folder named 'test']
You know, the folder which has lock icon on the folder icon? (And other folder named Public) I cant change d name.
Do you know how to change it?
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13 Jun 2010   #4

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi

Thanks for your feedback.
The only way that you could do that is by changing the account user name (Method 1 above). However you would (could) lose access to the current folders based on the existing user name.
As a way forward - you could create another account under a different user-name and retain the current if you still require access to your existing files.

Have a look at the following links for more clarification and possibly, to assist you with what you want to achieve - I cannot upload proper screen-shots to step you through the process due to limited bandwidth (slow connection) on my side

User Folders - Allow or Prevent Moving Location

User Profile - Change Default Location (Thanks to Shawn )

Hope this helps and things work out

Regards
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13 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

i've done both methods. 1st method only change profile username.
so i can't change the folder name? hmm.....i dont like.... alright i'll try the tutorial u gave me. thanks again.
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13 Jun 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Android,

Unfortunately, you cannot change the name of a C:\Users\(user-name) user folder. The only way around this is to create a new account of the same type (ex: administrator), then copy all of the contents from the old account's C:\Users\(user-name) user folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) user folders. After everything checks out ok, you can then delete the old account from while logged in the new account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Uh... I thought this would be easy -____-;
Now i'm afraid i'll disturb the system.
Thank you much much for all the helps, Lomai & Brink !
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17 Jun 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Android. It will only be the same as creating a new adminstrator account, except that you are just copying some files over to the new account to keep your settings from the old account. That's all it will do if you wanted to try it.

To be safe, you can try it and not delete the old user account until you are sure that the new one is ok to you. If it's not, then you can just delete the new user account and be right back like you were with the old one.
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18 Jun 2010   #9

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Thanks for your feedback android and you are welcome
Regards
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