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

12 Jun 2019   #1

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.

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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.
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12 Jun 2019   #3

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.
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12 Jun 2019   #4

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.
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