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Windows 7: Can't change User account folder name

15 Oct 2010   #1
gregrocker

 
Can't change User account folder name

Changed User account name in Control Panel but the User folder in explorer remains the same. No option to Rename at rightclick.

I notice in User Accounts it says the name change is for Welcome screen and Start Menu. Why can't we change the User folder name?

Is there any option besides to delete account and start over? It is the only account and Admin. Will we lose anything other than files in User folders?


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15 Oct 2010   #2
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

I don't believe so. It is a hold over from how Profiles are created. When a user account Profile is created, it sets a specific SID. That SID then stores what it thinks it should have, which, I believe, was also user account folders. I know that I have tried with XP to just pull over someone's profile, even from the domain, but for the computer, it was dead set on the naming convention it stuck for the SID that it would try and recreate it.
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15 Oct 2010   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Is there an option to take 'ownership'?
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15 Oct 2010   #4
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Greg ,have a look at this thread How to change user account actual file name
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15 Oct 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

Thanks Kathryn and Keichi. I see it can't be done - have to delete the User folder and start a new one.

Jacee, no way to take ownership any more than I have.
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15 Oct 2010   #6
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks Kathryn. I see it can't be done - have to delete the User folder and start a new one.
You're very welcome greg
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15 Oct 2010   #7
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

No problem Greg. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Like I said, I think it was a hold over on how windows does profiles and from previous attempts to deal with migration of computers, like trying to get user settings over manually (And not having a USMT tool, which I never really figured out), the results usually end up like that.

I've also see when I worked on a machine with a particular login, then join it to a domain and use the same exact login name, it creates a new profile and uses its own notation to differentiate it from the local one, so unfortunately, I think the design was to avoid people mucking up the profile by overwriting it with a bad one or allow someone to destroy the old profile if it is completely corrupt and then rebuild from scratch.
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