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Windows 7: Can I change the main User name?


01 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Can I change the main User name?

A friend, upon setup misspelled his name so the main User folder is incorrect. can he rename it? I know rename is not an option when right-clicking.


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01 Nov 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

It is easier to create a new correct username and migrate to that user than making corrections to the existing user.

After complete migration (which includes copying all the data files from the default user's profile to the new user's profile) you can delete the old user name.
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01 Nov 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wolfe,

Yes, you sure can. The tutorial below will help show your friend how to.

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Nov 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Shawn for showing the tutorial.

I have suggested an easy method for fairly new accounts with less entries in the profile.

Your tutorial is helpful for people who used the system for long time and have heavily populated the profile folder.
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01 Nov 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rao,

Yeah, either way would work. It would just depend on what Wolfe decides would be easier for him.
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01 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the posts, I'll pass on the info.
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01 Nov 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. I'm glad that we could help.
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