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Windows 7: Change User Name

15 Jul 2010   #1

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Change User Name

My computer came with the user name of "Valued Customer". I have changed the account name, but the user name has stayed the same. Can I change the user name in Windows 7, Home Premium?

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15 Jul 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

The only way to change the name is to open a new account, transfer everything over and delete the old account.

To avoid being corrected, allow me to add that you probably can by a registry hack, but I would not try a procedure like that, risking a potential problem later on.
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15 Jul 2010   #3
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Hello shadow65, welcome to Seven Forums!





Have a look at the tutorial at the link below.


How to Create, Delete and Modify User Accounts in Windows
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15 Jul 2010   #4

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Thanks for the welcome. From what I am reading, I can change the log-in name of the account, but I can't actually change the user name. Even if I create a new account with the user name I want, I can't see how to transfer the files from the original account to the new one.
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15 Jul 2010   #5

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Use windows easy transfer.
Just type those words in search. Transfer to a finger drive, then transfer to new account. I did it and it works.
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15 Jul 2010   #6
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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.

In addition, a 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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