Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Can I give a new user account the same name as an old, deleted one?

12 Jun 2019   #1
Tharthan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
 
 
Can I give a new user account the same name as an old, deleted one?

Can I create a new user account with the same name as an old, deleted one?

I'm willing to make registry modifications to do so if that is the only way.

You see, I had to delete a couple of user accounts from my computer in a manner that was unorthodox, because Windows 7 itself would not delete them the normal way. It worked out fine, and they have been off of my computer for years now, but I have noticed that there are still registry entries pointing to them.

I'm nearing the end of a 2-3 week process of cleaning up my computer, and I'm going to be backing up my hard drive for the first time (don't worry about that, I've been going through this whole ordeal with cleaning up my computer, on another forum, and that's going to be all set), and after I do so I would like to create a non-administrator account (for the first time for me really outside of academic or business settings) and use that as my everyday account.

My question is: can I give the new user account the same name as the first account that was ever on this computer (that was deleted years ago by me)?

If I have to make registry edits, I (with prudence and caution) will do so, because I really would prefer to call the new account the same name that I gave the first account on this computer nine or ten years ago.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
12 Jun 2019   #2
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Set a system restore point and then give the new user account a go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2019   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, there is nothing preventing you from doing so. As long as the old account is gone, you can create a new one with the same name. Just take into account that the new account will be totally independent of the old one, there will be no files or anything like permissions or the like assigned to the new account, it'll be a brand new one.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Jun 2019   #4
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

There will be a unique ID assigned to the new account and that's done in the user database so the new account would have the same access of an old account as one that's called something completely different. If you have permission issues it's best to sort them out with an admin account. If you are wanting to do something with the registry you really need to know what you are doing. If you are worried about a standard account not having access to a previous account's files you can use your admin account to grant access to the new one but the account isn't going to have access by default even if it is the same name. Maybe this will help explain it. How to change a users UID and GID.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Can I give a new user account the same name as an old, deleted one?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
user account not deleted
I followed the steps you provided to delete a user account and it is still showing up when I attempt to log on. I even restarted the computer, thinking that was what was needed, but there it is still! Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. mitzi
General Discussion
Help Please, deleted my user account
Hi all I managed to somehow put in the wrong command into command prompt and deleted my user account, When i go to c;/users my name is still listed there with all my files etc, is there any way to restore my account? Any help much appreciated Cheers
General Discussion
Recovering a Deleted User Account
In trying to streamline my wifes Laptop (Win 7 64bit), I deleted her user account as she didn't like having to login and give herself permission for various actions all the time. Obviously this was the wrong way to go about it.:o However when I went to re-create the account using the same User...
General Discussion
Windows deleted my user account
A) While I was using it. B) On a new install of windows 7. Explorer crashed and I received the message: "No mapping between account names security IDs was done" When trying to open various programs (including windows explorer) I get the above error message. What's more it would appear my user...
BSOD Help and Support
Recover deleted data from a deleted user account?
How to recover deleted data from an deleted user? Hi Guys, Please help I had an old user account which was corrupted, So I deleted that however forgotten to keep the files...... Is there any way I can get my old data back??:( Using Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Chillout Room


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:50.
Twitter Facebook