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Windows 7: Old computer name won't go away, how to change?

12 Feb 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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Hello montejw, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Due to the reasons in the blue NOTE box at the top of this tutorial, the only true way to remove the old name of the user account is to create a new administrator account, then delete the old user account while logged in the new one.

Be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose from the old account first though. For example, shortcuts, Start Menu shortcuts, files inside the user folders, etc....

Hope this helps,
Thanks. I've never had problems with my user name, only the user folder name. I followed your tutorial and changed the user folder name. I don't need to delete the user, as the user name has always been okay.
As in the blue NOTE box at the top of that tutorial (please read to help clarify this better), even though you changed the user profile folder name (user name), both the old and new user name will always be tied to the user account (user profile). This is why you will still see the old name "OWNER" and "OWNER-PC" referenced in the registry and security settings.
Hmm. I guess I'm stuck with creating a new user account and deleting the one I use now. I just have to transfer/copy all settings, programs, etc. to the new account. Is that correct?


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12 Feb 2012   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Just any files that you want in the old accounts user folders, and any shortcuts from the old account to the new one. The settings will have to be manually changed again in the new account.
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 Old computer name won't go away, how to change?

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