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


28 Feb 2011   #69
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

How to Change the User Folder Name of a User Profile in Windows 7


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21 Jan 2013   #70
Melvin

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Melvin,

Thank you, but that'll be a bit impractical to change the security properties of every file/folder (thousands or more) that the changed user name has permission of.
You're welcome. It actually works without changing the security properties (Just log off and log on or restart if the name hasn't changed yet).


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24 Jan 2013   #71
Gudzilla

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Hi,
I'm trying to catch up with this tutorial. What is the difference between, changing user account folder name, and,
Changing the Default Location of a User Profile?

I worked through the latter tutorial for changing the default profile location, changing it from C:\Users\Username to d:Username. But now I am getting an error when I try to open Outlook.
"The path specified for the file C:\Users\Username\Documents\Outlook Files\Outlook.pst is not valid"

First, I see your suggestion above is to reinstall Outlook. Would that mean uninstalling, then reinstalling and loading all the updates? Or will doing a repair installation work?
Another solution it seems to me would be to change the Default User Profile Location of New User Accounts which was at the bottom of the tutorial for changing just the one profile. (It seemed to me there was less editing of the registry so less chance of error.)

Having done this now, I created a test user account and it came up on the C:\Users location. I don't know if it would be easier to make the change for all new accounts to be created in D: then create a new account and move the Outlook files into it. Or to re-install Outlook and keep D: just for the one user account.

Another problem I'm having is downloaded programs do not install. I go to download small programs I've used in the past, and when I try to open them I come to the window about picking what program to open the file.
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24 Jan 2013   #72
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Gudzilla,

I would highly recommend to create a new administrator account for yourself to use instead of trying to rename or move a user profile folder that could cause issues as you are now experiencing.
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25 Jan 2013   #73
Gudzilla

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thanks
The new admin account seems to be working great and the best solution
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25 Jan 2013   #74
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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04 Feb 2013   #75
endeavor

WXP/Vista/Win7/Win8
 
 

Hi Brink,

To my dismay a day into installing a new Windows 7 installation from the CD I've realized the name I used during that installation is misspelled.
I understand that named used at install is the Normal Administrator account created during installation.
Let's say I typed endeavo instead of endeavor, of which I noticed it when going to the folder C:\Users\endeavo ...and it was missing the r

To fix it I see it's one of these two tutorials linked below to do it, I think it's the second but I'd like to clarify which one to use.

Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name - How to Rename the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account in Windows 7

or

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - How to Change the User Folder Name of a User Profile in Windows 7

Logging out and back on just shows endeavo, I've never enabled the built-in elevated "Administrator" account yet.

Importantly in the end I still want that built-in to be spelled "Administrator", I just want to change endeavo to endeavor, but Definately don't want any leftover registry or file references to endeavo after it's deleted, or any second users, or anything, it needs to be virgin - I'm fussy enough that I will just do another fresh install if I have to since I can't re-image my way out of this one since it from ''minute one'' of the install.
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04 Feb 2013   #76
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Endeavor,

In that case, it would be best to create a new administrator account with the correct spelling, log on to it, then delete the misspelled account and it's folder.
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04 Feb 2013   #77
endeavor

WXP/Vista/Win7/Win8
 
 

Okay using the second link I posted above, it only took 10 minutes, and it worked just fine.
I did steps 1 thru 21, skipped 22, and did 23 thru 26.

After the whole process, having tracked all the registry/file changes that were made in the interim to make sure there was nothing extra left over or any evidence of the change - but there wasn't, it was like it was there from the very beginning.

The only little thing was that Aero Peek didn't work afterwards, but I isolated that down to the 'Desktop Windows Manager' Service got disabled from the process after rebooting which 'greyed out' the 'Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop' checkbox on the 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties' Taskbar tab... ...but just starting that service back up and in automatic, brought Aero Peek back on.

Also noticed all the shortcut icons were all neutered, I re-ran the Vista Shortcut Manager I had installed and it set things straight again.

Besides that everything went very smoothly really and I ended up with exactly what I wanted.

Thanks for having the Tutorial to bounce off of. These things come in handy sometimes since it's hard to remember everything if you don't use it every day.

I did notice a few links not working anymore in some places but I'll send you a pm on that.

Thank You

Edit:
After a few days I noticed a few glitches, for instance the program HDTune & Speckie spell checker recreated the old/deleted profile folder to put some of it's files there. I could see the pointers in the registry that did it other than the ones the tutorial had me delete. It was not a big deal to fix them, but I can see the more programs installed the more chances of this sort of thing happening but there's not much you can do about it till it shows up. All in all though it was a success.
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05 Feb 2013   #78
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm happy to hear it went pretty well.

Thank you for the PM. The links have been updated and fixed.
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10 Apr 2013   #79
MysteriousHuman

 
HELP!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!

I DIDN'T DO STEP 8 - 27 (TILL THE END) cause my internet didn't work on the safety mode and I couldn't see this website page....

I restarted my computer, pressed F8 and clicked SAFETY MODE and thats it.
Then I went to C:\Users then right-clicked the old name folder thingy and clicked RENAMED, I've renamed it to the name I want BUT after shutting down and logging on in to the account I've just renamed, it says that it is in a TEMPORARY PROFILE!

What do I do?????? I thought I've lost everything when I didn't read it was just a temporary profile :'(
but HOW DO I TURN IT BACK TO HOW IT WAS? >.< Help!
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