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Windows 7: rename user account file name

04 Jul 2010   #1
anon125

 
 
rename user account file name

sounds simple - but under users there is public and myname
all i want to do is change myname.
the little folder icon has a lock on it
home premium version
have changed computer name and account name.
thanks all


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04 Jul 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

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04 Jul 2010   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Anon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but you cannot change the name of your C:\Users\(user-name) folder itself. Doing so will most likely give you a user profile cannot be loaded error.

The only way around this would be to create a new administrator account with the name you like, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Jul 2010   #4
anon125

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
thanks
tried that before i posted.
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04 Jul 2010   #5
anon125

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Anon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but you cannot change the name of your C:\Users\(user-name) folder itself. Doing so will most likely give you a user profile cannot be loaded error.

The only way around this would be to create a new administrator account with the name you like, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
thanks - computer is new - maybe i can set it back to factory specs! hoping that will forget all the names etc.
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04 Jul 2010   #6
richc46

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I misunderstood the question. It cannot be done. View Brinks post.

Just delete the old account and open a new one. No need to go to facory specs.
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