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Windows 7: How can I change user name of taskmanager processes?

04 Sep 2015   #1
stanhilliard

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How can I change user name of taskmanager processes?

I bought a refurbished computer and almost all the processes in Task Manager have the user name of "User". How can I change it to my name, "Stan"?

I tried changing the value of registry key RegisteredUser on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
but that didn't help.


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04 Sep 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stanhilliard View Post
I bought a refurbished computer and almost all the processes in Task Manager have the user name of "User". How can I change it to my name, "Stan"?

I tried changing the value of registry key RegisteredUser on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
but that didn't help.
Changing names like that in the registry seems harmless, but some of those name values need to match other areas in the registry or the computer hangs just before presenting the desktop. I speak from experience :-(

You can create a new user profile and user whatever name that you want. Then move your files to the new profile.

I prefer a user name of username :-)
But I have username issues.
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04 Sep 2015   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

To change your user name, open Control Panel, select User Accounts. What is shown there is fairly self explanatory so just change what is necessary.

Before you do anything make sure you have written down any passwords that you may have been using.

It's best to have your main User Account set as Administrator & set the User Account Control Settings to Default.

You can set a password if you wish to have more security.
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05 Sep 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
To change your user name, open Control Panel, select User Accounts. What is shown there is fairly self explanatory so just change what is necessary...
I tested that and it did not change what shows in Task Manager. Does it work for you?

Task Manger seems to be the concern.


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05 Sep 2015   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
To change your user name, open Control Panel, select User Accounts. What is shown there is fairly self explanatory so just change what is necessary...
I tested that and it did not change what shows in Task Manager. Does it work for you?

Task Manger seems to be the concern.


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Yes you are right, my bad . It does not change the User situation in Task Manager. The only other thing would be to rename the computer, which can be done though Control Panel, select System, then Advanced System Settings, then click on the Computer tab & there the computer name can be changed.

I have NOT tried changing mine, so I don't know what effect that might have. So if you do try that it will be at your risk.
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05 Sep 2015   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You have to reboot before the name will change in Task Manager.
The name will not change in the user profile. Changing this could cause major problems.
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05 Sep 2015   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
You have to reboot before the name will change in Task Manager.
The name will not change in the user profile. Changing this could cause major problems.
I did reboot after the name change.
"User" was still in task manager.

Does it change for you?

Now you've got me worried that something is not right in my VM.

I need stuff to be right in that VM.

Please test this somewhere on a fully patched W7 box and let me know your findings.


I set up the entire test again and this time...
:::just for fun:::
...I rebooted twice after the name change.
"User" is still the task manager.
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05 Sep 2015   #8
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You have to change registry to reflect the name change and also rename user folder, it is not automatic - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2454362

Don't have a VM near me to try though, please let us know how it goes.
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05 Sep 2015   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
You have to change registry to reflect the name change and also rename user folder, it is not automatic - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2454362

Don't have a VM near me to try though, please let us know how it goes.
Sadly, no:

(and I restarted twice)

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05 Sep 2015   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

This seems to be becoming fairly detailed. This MS website might be what we are looking for, but I have not tried it to seet if it works.

How to change user name in windows 7 professional? - Microsoft Community
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