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Windows 7: problem with user name

14 Apr 2010   #1
A Night King

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
problem with user name

My laptop came pre-configured from the manufacturer (Digital Storm, though that isn't relevant) and they assumed that the name of the default, admin account would be the name of the purchaser (my Brother). Since it's -my- computer, I would prefer to have it in my name.

The name of the account I've changed to my name from Control Panel.
but the path to my documents is still C:\Users\***
there is no option to change the name of the folder there is no (RENAME) in the list
I have already changed the name of the user account as appropriate


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14 Apr 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Fazza,

Unfortunately you cannot change the name of the actual C:\Users\(user-name) folder. Only the name that appears for the account at log on and in the Start Menu.

A workaround for this is to create a new administrator account with the name you want. Next copy the contents of all of the folders (including contents in hidden AppData subfolders) in the old account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old account from within the new one.

Hope this help,
Shawn
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14 Apr 2010   #3
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Night King View Post
My laptop came pre-configured from the manufacturer (Digital Storm, though that isn't relevant) and they assumed that the name of the default, admin account would be the name of the purchaser (my Brother). Since it's -my- computer, I would prefer to have it in my name.

The name of the account I've changed to my name from Control Panel.
but the path to my documents is still C:\Users\***
there is no option to change the name of the folder there is no (RENAME) in the list
I have already changed the name of the user account as appropriate
Create a new admin level account for yourself, copy the files out of the old account and then destroy it...

Control Panel -> User Accounts.
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14 Apr 2010   #4
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

When copying data to a new account, it looks like there are no longer any files you have to avoid copying like there was in XP:

NTUSER.DAT
NTUSER.DAT.LOG
ntuser.ini

Is this true? Sure would make this easier.
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14 Apr 2010   #5
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
When copying data to a new account, it looks like there are no longer any files you have to avoid copying like there was in XP:

NTUSER.DAT
NTUSER.DAT.LOG
ntuser.ini

Is this true? Sure would make this easier.
Yeah, they're still there...
but you're not going to copy from one user account to another ....
you're going to copy "Documents" to "Documents", "Music" to "Music" etc.

The setup in win7 is different enough that I strongly advise against just grabbing all the files in one home folder and dumping them into another... too many things to go broken doing that.
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14 Apr 2010   #6
squall leonhart

Windows 7
 
 

Quote:
Hello Fazza,

Unfortunately you cannot change the name of the actual C:\Users\(user-name) folder. Only the name that appears for the account at log on and in the Start Menu.
Actually you can, but the process is painful, and im not about to type for an hour explaining it.

lets just say it has alot to do with modifying registry values and editing the .dat files themselves.
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15 Apr 2010   #7
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 
Very long path names using dir in Command Prompt

I use the dir command from a Command Prompt a lot to locate files. When ever I do from my account folder, I get dozens of the following:

The directory name C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData\Local\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\App
pplication Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\9.0\Updater is too long.

What causes this? Is it something to do with Junction Points that are now used in your account directory tree?

Reduces the usefulness of the dir command.

When I look at the same path in Windows Explorer, it doesn't show unless I uncheck Hide protected operating system files in Folder Options, View tab. Then, I can click on Application Data till the cows come home and it just keeps opening up another level identical to the existing level.
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15 Apr 2010   #8
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I use the dir command from a Command Prompt a lot to locate files. When ever I do from my account folder, I get dozens of the following:

The directory name C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData\Local\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\App
pplication Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat\9.0\Updater is too long.

What causes this? Is it something to do with Junction Points that are now used in your account directory tree?
Nope... it's an NTFS limitation that's been there since Win2000. The Directory Records only have space for a 255 character filename. To ensure that path names don't exceed the NTFS limit Windows limits them to 260 characters ( D:\ + <pathname> + NULL) If you're looking in the windows documentation it's defined in the MAX_PATH constant.
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16 Apr 2010   #9
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

I don't think that's the case here. I know about the 255 path limit.

Use Windows Explorer to look at the path I showed. It isn't that the path is too long, it's a never ending repetition, which is why I think it has something to do with Junction Points which Win 7 (and probably Vista) use in the user directory tree. Here is a picture of what I mean.

-repfolders.jpg


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16 Apr 2010   #10
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I don't think that's the case here. I know about the 255 path limit.

Use Windows Explorer to look at the path I showed. It isn't that the path is too long, it's a never ending repetition, which is why I think it has something to do with Junction Points which Win 7 (and probably Vista) use in the user directory tree. Here is a picture of what I mean.

Attachment 67654
If you delete that... does it come back?

Also there are shortcuts to folders in the folder tree.... generally that's a no-no.

I wouldn't think this is a windows7 problem... more likely it's an adobe problem...
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