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Windows 7: User account question

28 Feb 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I'm sure if it is one of your tutorials, it is safe and well documented. I'm just honestly surprised someone would notice or worry about it.

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28 Feb 2011   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Tru dat, but they sure do.

I just wanted to have a safe way for the ones that do want to change it to easily be able to without having to go through the trouble of having to create a new user account, or risk having user profile errors, permissions issues, or ownership issues.
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01 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

It is also very simple to use Windows Easy Transfer to accomplish this. Just treat one computer as both the "old" and "new" and restore the files to your new name. No, I don't want to hear how some people don't trust it to get everything. We talked that out the last time I posted the same advice. It gets everything.
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01 Mar 2011   #14

W7 Professional x64

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Why does it matter what a folder is named on your computer that you shouldn't be accessing or messing with anyway? If you changed the display, that's all that should matter.

If you must change, then take this as a good reason why you should be using a data drive and not the "my folders". If you needed to create a new account and move to it, you won't have to deal with permissions issues or the need to take ownership of your own files.
Some people would prefer to have their user folder name match with their changed user account name.

Using the method at the tutorial I posted above, you will get this without having to take ownership of your own files, or having to move or copy any files. Plus, you will still retain the account's permissions.

If you created a new account instead, you would have to manually copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you could then delete the old user account while logged in the new user account. Since this is a new user account, none of the old account's permissions would be applied to the new user account.
You should note at the top that creating a new account, giving it the same privileges you had, and cutting/copying your files is the same effect with a 1/3rd of the effort.
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