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Windows 7: User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

12 Oct 2013   #100
thanks2you

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
That screen is your UEFI/BIOS screen...
Thanks again! I knew it was a bios screen; I meant I don't understand anything about using it.

By the way, ever since I changed my user account folder name, I can no longer save or load GTA 3 games— though I can still play it. (For the record, the game uses this path for saved game files: C:\Users\NAME\Documents). Could be wrong, but I think it's "looking" for the old username path.

I made a temp Admin account, switched to it, and voila! I can save & load gta games on that account. It's a minor thing, but if you have any ideas how to resolve that, I'd truly appreciate it!


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12 Oct 2013   #101
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, sorry about that.

Since it's specific to those games, I'm afraid the only way to resolve it would be to change the user profile folder's name back to what it was originally or use a new account instead if the games don't have a setting that can be changed to use the new name instead.
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12 Oct 2013   #102
thanks2you

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

UPDATE - A comment by gigaherz solved the problem for me! The solution involves changing 2 keys in regedit, (though I only needed to change one). Hope this helps someone else.
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Haha, no need to apologize. The fault was in my wording (I did say I didn't know what it was. : p)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
...the only way to resolve it would be to change the user profile folder's name back to what it was originally or use a new account...
Y'know, I kinda figured that. It's awesome to have confirmation, though... so thanks again! I'm just being obsessive about wanting to do everything from one account; but you can't have your cake and eat it, too!

P.S. I feel like I should be paying you for all this help! Where's your "Donate" button??
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05 Jan 2014   #103
acerman64

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , Service Pack 1 64 bit
 
 

My situation is a bit more complicated. When I first got my new computer, I created an account "Major User" (we'll call it "MU" later on in this post to help with the typing) with admin privs. Some months later, I added "Standard User" w/o admin privs. It became quickly obvious that things were not as I had thought they would be; not being sophisticated, I had thought that when "SU" logged on, the same files and desktop would be available as was the case when "MU" logged on. So, since I wanted to log on as "SU" routinely, I renamed the two accounts. At this point, "MU"s default user path as I call it is to "c:\user\Standard User" and "SU"s is to "c:\user\Major User". "Ideally", from a naming convention p.o.v., it would be good to have "MU"s log on be to "c:\user\Major User" and "SU"s log on to be to "c:\user\Standard User". At first I thought it would be a simple task of 'just' renaming "c:\user\Major User" to be "c:\user\Standard User" (after perhaps having rename "c:\user\Standard User" to be e.g. "c:\user\Standard User_pending" or something else that would uniquely identify it), but after consulting this forum, I don't think things are quite as simple. Any help would be great.
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05 Jan 2014   #104
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello acerman,

Yeah, you would not want to just simply rename a user profile folder. Doing so would break the account.

Did you use the method in the tutorial to rename the user accounts? It sounds like you only switched the user profils folder paths in the registry for the accounts at step 11.
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05 Jan 2014   #105
acerman64

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , Service Pack 1 64 bit
 
 

In terms of having attempted the tutorial's steps, not as yet. It/they seemed to be relevant to just wanting to make a change in a single instance, as I glanced over it really quickly. In my case, the user account names and the account names associated with each one are 'crossed' as I tried explaining.

Account named "Major User" has folder "c:\User\Standard User"
Account named "Standard User" has folder "c:\User\Major User"

I am aiming for

Account named "Major User" has folder "c:\User\Major User"
Account named "Standard User" has folder "c:\User\Standard User"

FWIW, I have given each account 'admin' privileges but eventually would hand 'admin' over to just "Major User"
Also, the theme on Standard User is the basic Windows 7 while the theme for Major User is one that Acer packaged with the pre-installed Windows 7 OS. I prefer the Windows 7.
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05 Jan 2014   #106
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok, then please give more details on exactly how you changed the accounts names, and we'll go from there.
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05 Jan 2014   #107
acerman64

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , Service Pack 1 64 bit
 
 

Sure (and thanks for the understanding)....to recap, I created the SU account, logged in and found the desktop was anything but like MU's. I have dozens of folders and shortcuts on my MU desktop (I know, but I like it). SU's was sparse and was using Acer's theme.

In terms of reconstructing the steps I took...I first renamed SU to something else (perhaps "Standard User X" from

Control Panel | All Control Panel Items | User Accounts | Change Your Name

Following this and using the same approach, I next changed the MU account to be SU and then finished up by changing what I had named SU to be to "Major User".

So, now, when I log in as MU I see the sparsely populated Acer themed desktop and when I log in as SU I see the desktop that had evolved after months of logging in as MU. The 'shortcoming' to this is that MU's directory is what SU's used to be and also vice versa.

Does this help?
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05 Jan 2014   #108
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ah, ok. What happened is that you basically just renamed the accounts display name. This doesn't switch or combine the user accounts though.

Here's what I would recommend since you wanted to basically use MU as a standard account. Please correct be if I have mistaken what you wanted.
  • While logged in to your administrator account (originally MU), delete the standard user account (originally SU).
  • Create a new administrator account, and log in to it.
  • Rename the administrator account (originally MU) back to MU from SU.
  • Change the MU account's type to be a standard user.
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05 Jan 2014   #109
acerman64

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , Service Pack 1 64 bit
 
 

Hi,

I'm sorry but now I'm the one who's confused.

Could you run this one by me again.

Remember this is what I want:

Currently the account named "Major User" has folder "c:\User\Standard User"
Currently the account named "Standard User" has folder "c:\User\Major User"

I am aiming for

Account named "Major User" has folder "c:\User\Major User"
Account named "Standard User" has folder "c:\User\Standard User"
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