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Windows 7: user name

28 Dec 2011   #1
andyman5357

windows 7 64 bit i think
 
 
user name

I bought a samsung laptop off a friend running windows 7 with a c and d drive, I have renamed the laptop to my name ,but in the documents and my pictures my friends name is displayed in the librarys and I canot alter it , also when downloading software it displays his name , How can I make this laptop mine ??????? the laptop has intel core i5 cpu 4 gig memory 64 bit operating system ,anyone got any ideas.


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28 Dec 2011   #2
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hello there!

Try this method Fix a corrupted user profile
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28 Dec 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Andy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would recommend to create a new administrator account for yourself, copy anything that you would like (ex: files, shortcuts, etc...) from the old account into the new one, then delete the old account while logged in the new one. This way you'll be starting with a fresh user account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Dec 2011   #4
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Try this out.

Open the Registry Editor by typing "Regedit" without the inverted commas in Run or Command Prompt and clicking "Enter".

Click on Edit Menu and in the drop down list Click on Find.

Type your friends name and press enter. When your friend's name comes up replace it with your name. Then press either F3 or click on find Next and do the same.

Continue this till you get the "Finished searching the Registry".

That is it.

However please note that editing of the Registry if done wrongly can cause severe problems, therefore first back up the Registry before editing it. I would even suggest that if you have never edited the Registry before then have a knowledgeable friend by your side to oversee what you are doing.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andyman5357 View Post
I bought a samsung laptop off a friend running windows 7 with a c and d drive, I have renamed the laptop to my name ,but in the documents and my pictures my friends name is displayed in the librarys and I canot alter it , also when downloading software it displays his name , How can I make this laptop mine ??????? the laptop has intel core i5 cpu 4 gig memory 64 bit operating system ,anyone got any ideas.
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29 Dec 2011   #5
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

As Shawn has suggested, the best method would be to create a new user id with admin privilages and login using that user name. This will create a new clean profile and you will have a clean start.

If you rename your friend's profile as suggested by Wanchoo, you will basically get your friend's profile on your name. If your friend's profile has any problems (let us say!), these problems will be passed on to you.

That is the difference between both methods. You choose whatever method you like!
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