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Windows 7: How to give a user another user's old Windows profile?

31 May 2017   #1

Windows 8 Pro
How to give a user another user's old Windows profile?

I have a manager who is quitting and another manager is taking his place and they asked for him to have the same profile. I know I can copy/paste his folders into the new profile but is there a way to simply "Rename" the profile to the new user's username and have them login to that exact profile?

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31 May 2017   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

If I understood well, the computer is the same and you want to have the same old user profile to the new user.
- You can just open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts and rename the account.
- You can create a new account, move all settings with the Windows Easy Transfer (%windir%\system32\migwiz\migwiz.exe) and then move all files with Explorer.
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31 May 2017   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

You should be able to change the username seen on the Start Screen and the password used from the first few steps in this MS Post but leave the folder structure unchanged

How to Rename a Windows 7 User Account and Related Profile Folder - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki

The full post will allow you to change the actual Folder structure but This may cause some issues with non MS applications ( some have folder names and paths hard coded in non standard locations), so I would normally suggest following the previous option if this is a requirement - ie, The need is not for just a username change

Experience has taught me the hard way that the less that is changed in the user Profile the more stable the result is
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31 May 2017   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hey Mike,

In addition, you might also see if this may help with renaming the user profile folder.

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums
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