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Windows 7: Can you transfer between accounts on the same PC?

25 Nov 2010   #1
WilleyOne

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Can you transfer between accounts on the same PC?

Is it possible to transfer desktop folders and files between two accounts on the same PC? When I tried searching through google, it kept showing me how to transfer between two PC's. I have an account that seems to be beyond repair in Windows 7 as far as administrator behavior, and program errors...


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25 Nov 2010   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Yes this can be done but you will need to be in an admin account to gain access.

If you have a corrupt account you need to create a new admin level account and copy the entire contents of the old users\username folder into the users\username of the new account.

This should transfer all files and most program settings to the new account.

once you have the new account up and running you can delete the old account but I would advise that you take the option to save the files which will place a folder on the new user desktop containing the user files from the old user
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25 Nov 2010   #3
WilleyOne

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks for your quick response, I appreciate it... Looks like this is going to be quite the task...
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25 Nov 2010   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

As with any thing of this nature i would also advise that you take a backup of all essential personal files to an external disk or dvd if possible, before you start, just to be sure
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25 Nov 2010   #5
WilleyOne

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I imagine I won't be able to copy and paste between two accounts... So I guess I will have to put the files on an external drive, then open and paste them where I want them under the new admin account?
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25 Nov 2010   #6
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

As Barman said as long as you are an admin, yes you can cut and paste to move, or copy and paste to copy.

Just open up your C:\ drive, navigate to the Users folder and move/copy using any method you want!
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25 Nov 2010   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Once you have the new account in place you should be able to copy and past or cut and paste from the old to the new as long as you are logged on to the new account.

You may get a prompt from the UAC asking you to confirm that you wish to access the folder tree of the old user , it may even be useful to set UAC to it's lowest setting to stop prompts.
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25 Nov 2010   #8
WilleyOne

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

OK - awesome... That will save a ton of time. Thanks so much for your help, Barman & Darryl. My current account just went corrupt when I tried loading my music into Windows Media Center... It got do the point where I needed administrator approval to move something to the recycle bin, and I was in the administrator account... Any ideas on why an account would just crash like that?
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