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Windows 7: New laptop - user home directory does not match old

15 Jun 2017   #1
Randi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
New laptop - user home directory does not match old

Had old laptop, with user Fred having home folder in C:\Users\Fred.HisDomain.
In new laptop, user Fred has home folder of C:\Users\Fred
New laptop does have C:\Users\Fred.HisDomain with all the stuff from the old laptop

What do I have to change to get Fred on the new laptop have C:\Users\Fred.HisDomain as the home folder?

(It's simple in Linux but extremely opaque to me on Windows )

Sorry if this has been addressed before. I read thru the tutorial and I got lost.


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15 Jun 2017   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Welcome to the forum.
Normally, when you create a user and call it Fred it creates a C:\Users\Fred.
So, the C:\Users\Fred.HisDomain is the one out of the rule. It may have been created in other way than by Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts.
How did new laptop does have C:\Users\Fred.HisDomain? Did you copy the entire folder from old computer?
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15 Jun 2017   #3
Randi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, I copied all of C:\Users from old to new. Sorry to leave that part out. The old one's main account pointed to Fred.Domain. When I set up the new one, the new main account, Fred, got created with the default, so it was just plain C:\User\Fred. Because some work stuff already knows about Fred.Domain, I was hoping to just point to it.
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15 Jun 2017   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You want to use all configuration and data you have on the old computer on the new one?

All this kind of operations has a risk of going wrong. Accept as a risk. Do a Backup.

- Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts and Create a new user called Prov with admin rights.
- Reboot and log in as Prov.
- Go to C:\Users\Fred and rename the folder to C:\Users\FredNew
- Go to C:\Users\Fred.HisDomain and rename the folder to C:\Users\Fred
- Reboot and log in as Fred

- If everything works as you wish to, go to to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts and delete the account Prov.
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16 Jun 2017   #5
Randi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I gave up trying to have c:\Users\Fred.HisDomain as the home folder for Fred. So Fred now lives in C:\Users\Fred & I copied over most of c:\Users\Fred.HisDomain to c:\Users\Fred and then manually changed any reference to Fred.HisDomain to Fred in all files. A true waste of time. But thanks anyway.
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