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Windows 7: Administrators account name

11 May 2010   #1
corymom

windows vista
 
 
Administrators account name

I have changed my administrators account name to something else but, I am now trying to change another account (with administrators rights) to the name administrator. It will not let me because it say's that name is already taken. but I had changed that one???
thks


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11 May 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

How did you go about renaming the admin account? You have Vista, i think, and you need to do it through the Local security policy.
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11 May 2010   #3
corymom

windows vista
 
 

I have 2 computers. one with vista and 1 with windows 7.
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11 May 2010   #4
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Did you restart?

Edit: I'm stupid..lol well said Bill2 +rep
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11 May 2010   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by corymom View Post
I have 2 computers. one with vista and 1 with windows 7.

In either case, you can rename the Administrator account using the steps listed below.

Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name
  1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Maintenance, Administrative Tools and then the Local Security Policy.
  3. Within the console, expand Local Policies.
  4. Click Security Options. The various security options are displayed in the details pane.
  5. Double click Accounts: Rename Administrator Account.
  6. Type in the new account name and Click OK.
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11 May 2010   #6
corymom

windows vista
 
 

I will try this
thks
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11 May 2010   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello CoryMom, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When you change a user account's name (administrator or standard) through User Accounts in the Control Panel, then the old name and new name are permanently tied to that user account and neither can be used by another account. A new account will have a different name than any name ever used by any other user account on the computer.

The only way around this, is to delete the old account with the names tied to it that you want for a new account, then create a new account with the name.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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