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Windows 7: Main User association/renaming issue 7HomePremiumm

17 Nov 2012   #1

7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Main User association/renaming issue 7HomePremiumm

Hello all and many thanks for looking to help me out.

I recently had a relatively new HP Pavilion p6715f running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit given to me by a relative and I proceeded to make it my own with regards to the computer ownership and the main admin user.

Due to the complexity of Windows 7 regarding users which I found out about far too late, I now have an interesting situation which I would like to resolve. After taking ownership of the computer, I proceeded to change the computer name and attempting to change the main user name to something appropriate for my family. While I do not recall the exact steps I took, I attempted simply renaming everything and then I imported all of my files with Windows Easy File Transfer.

First, my main admin profile (not the hidden admin) is named "Mommy and Daddy". This profile directory has appeared in the main root rather than under C:\Users . Previously, the main user on the computer was named "Debbie", which still exists under C:\Users . Currently, all actions of saving to "My Documents" "Downloads" and etc. libraries places all files in the C:\Users\Debbie folders. All of the files imported in went to both C:\Users\Debbie and the new Mommy/Daddy profile in the root directory. See picture below.

user_issue.png photo by minotaur15 | Photobucket

After I discovered this after working some permissions issues, I found that in the user control panel no longer had the Debbie profile available. After reading this tutorial on the issue (User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Forums). I created a temporary admin and attempted to re-create the Debbie user, which only resulted in a new Debbie user under C:\Users\Debbie-2

user_issue-2.png photo by minotaur15 | Photobucket

After reading the above mentioned tutorial, I looked at the registry and I saw no keys which clearly showed ANY of the user names currently on the PC. Thus, I am hesitant to make any further changes without some assistance.

I want to minimize the amount of file moving and risk of loss. In essence, I want rename the User Debbie to "Mommy and Daddy" and keep all of the current library associations where I know all the files and settings are good and simply delete the current mommy and daddy user from the root directory, whilst maintaining the user on the user control panel

How can do achieve this end result?



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17 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

What I would do is create an image backup of the hard drive to an external USB hard drive. You should have one to do backups to normally anyway so now would be a good time to get it.

Then restore the computer to it's Factory New state. No leftovers from the previous owner, no self inflicted problems

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Once you have it it reinstalled, apply SP1 if not there and all updates. Install a anti-virus then you can recover any data you want from the Macrium Image Backup. You will need to install Macrium again so you can browse the backup and select what you want from it.

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17 Nov 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


IN addition to Rich's suggestion to run HP System Recovery you can also do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get rid of the huge load of HP factory bloatware which throttles Windows 7.

When changing User account names, it's best to create a new one in Control Panel>User Accounts>Manage. Then copy your files to the new account, set up its desktop.

Once you've done this you can go back to the same place to Delete the old User account. However due to Windows 7 security features it will never completely go away with running Recovery or Reinstall but will still show up in a few places so just ignore it.
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19 Nov 2012   #4

7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Thanks guys! I will definitely consider a clean install once I am sure of having all the program install files. However, for now, I am somewhat tired of monkeying around since I just got everything setup otherwise. On that note however, will a clean install of windows sans the HP junk void any warranty that may still exist?

Unless there is the miracle cure out there??
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19 Nov 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP


You wouldn't want to tell them you Clean Reinstalled as they'll not Tech Support you if you do, however they cannot void your hardware warranty. They may want you to run Recovery before servicing hardware though.

You can come close to a Clean Reinstall by running the Minimal Recover on new HP PC's Factory Recovery options menu, or using these steps to Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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