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Windows 7: How do I remove an old profile?

19 Oct 2017   #1
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
How do I remove an old profile?

The machine can't connect to a Homegroup because a profile apparently exists that is attached to the previous name for this computer. It used to be called Business2, but after a Windows reinstall, was renamed Business-Desk.

No idea how an old profile survived (I did a complete reinstall of Win7x64 after an x32 installation) but there it is. When I try to establish a Homegroup (just want to share folders between 2 machines) nothing can connect because the old Business2 has an existing homegroup profile (and no access to leave it).

Where do I find that old computer name and associated profile data? As running, the machine lists only a single user.


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19 Oct 2017   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

The profile data is simple: go to C:\USERS\Business2. Delete everything under Business2, including the folder itself. If it won't let you delete it, reboot into Safe mode, then delete it.

As far as the user account: If you right-click on Computer, then choose Manage, there should be an option in there for user accounts. If you delete the account there, it is gone.

I'm hopeful that this will eliminate Business2's old homegroup profile.
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19 Oct 2017   #3
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Roger,

Was the reinstall made from a Sysprepped disc, might have had that as a loaded profile.

Roy
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19 Oct 2017   #4
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

No Business2 profile is not listed. To be clear, Business2 was a computer name, not a user. The User was "Person on Business2" but there is no computer by that name now on the network.
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19 Oct 2017   #5
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Out of sheer frustration, I downloaded a small free program called D-LAN, and in about 4 clicks it immediately let me share folders between 2 computers on my network.
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20 Oct 2017   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerR View Post
Out of sheer frustration, I downloaded a small free program called D-LAN, and in about 4 clicks it immediately let me share folders between 2 computers on my network.
I went to the D-LAN website. D-LAN looks like exactly what I need to do file sharing between my Linux and Windows computers. I have a data drive on one of my computers, and I have been wanting to make that my shared drive for all of the data from every computer. This looks like just what I need for that.
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