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Windows 7: Wish to rename user profile

29 Dec 2009   #1
Brendan M

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Wish to rename user profile

Hi there
The numpty who set up my computer has named the user profile as c:\users\Brendan Miller'
I want to get rid of the ' thingy so can I just rename this folder?
This folder has been in use for some time so has over 6GB of stuff in it.


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29 Dec 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello Brendan,

I am sorry, there is no way to rename a user account. You will need to create a new Administrator account, and copy your data over.

Sure stinks it is so inconvenient just to remove one character!

Hope this helps,
~Jonathan
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29 Dec 2009   #3
raf051888

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Right Click on My Computer and select Manage. Expand Local Users and Groups. Select the account you want to rename. Right Click and select Rename.
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29 Dec 2009   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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29 Dec 2009   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I suggest before making any changes to a user folder, be sure to have another Adminstrative account. Things can go wrong, and often do. There have been so many people in this forum, with comments similar to I just ....to my user account now my password does not work. In fact, I have two adm. accounts. If one gets corrupt or I just cant get in, I have another. Something to think about, to help you have a Happy New Year and I certainly wish that for you. Take care.
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29 Dec 2009   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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29 Dec 2009   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raf051888 View Post
Right Click on My Computer and select Manage. Expand Local Users and Groups. Select the account you want to rename. Right Click and select Rename.
DO NOT use this method! It will not give you the results you want.
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29 Dec 2009   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

As far as I know, you make a new account, then you cancel the first. During the process you will be asked, do you want to transfer to another account, you say yes. Everything is suppose to transfer automatically. I never did it, and not sure. If you want to try it, make a system image first.

The alternative is to use WET, Windows Easy Transfer to transfer everything to the new account.
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29 Dec 2009   #9
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
As far as I know, you make a new account, then you cancel the first. During the process you will be asked, do you want to transfer to another account, you say yes. Everything is suppose to transfer automatically. I never did it, and not sure. If you want to try it, make a system image first.

The alternative is to use WET, Windows Easy Transfer to transfer everything to the new account.
No, there is no prompting for the transfer.

Yes, you need to create a new account, but you will need to manually copy any information from the old to the new either by dragging and dropping, or more logically, using Windows Easy Transfer. The operation needs to be done from a third account so that neither the old nor the new is logged on during the copy operation. Then the old account and the 'extra' account used to do the copy can be deleted.
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