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: Windows Directory shows USER not NAME

03 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7
Windows Directory shows USER not NAME

This is a minor nuisance but still it wasn't an issue in XP or even Vista.

My Windows 7 Pro still shows the name as USER if looking in the folder "C:\". For example, there are 2 user accounts, both Administrators. When Windows 7 boots, you have a choice to log into SAM or JOY. However, everytime you want to install a new app, USER shows up as the name. And Sam doesn't show up as a USER but the following: C:\USER and C:\JOY in C Drive.

How do I change USER to SAM even though the profile in the GUI show shows SAM already?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2010   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I believe you can change the name, but is only cosmetic, but may serve your purpose.

1) Start> Control Panel

2) Click User Accounts (If you do not see this option, click View by: Small icons).

Windows Directory shows USER not NAME-control.jpg

3) Click Change your account name to change the account you are logged in with. Or click Manage another account to change another accounts name

Windows Directory shows USER not NAME-name.jpg

4) Type the new name for the account, then click Change Name

Windows Directory shows USER not NAME-change-name.jpg

You cannot change the actual name without creating a new account and transfering everything over. That can be done if you desire. A Guy

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Windows Directory shows USER not NAME

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
File location dialog only shows userprofile directory
I have a recurring problem where some applications, including many installers, give me a file selection dialog which does not have any way to get to the root of my computer, or select a location outside my userprofile directory whatsoever. I've managed to find a workaround, by putting symlinks...
General Discussion
Windows 7 I can't delete temp files in User directory
This "temp" folder has installed itself under "Users" in Windows 7: Here are the contents of the temp folder. All the folders are empty:
General Discussion
windows explorer will not display my user directory.
Hi New here... and very new to windows 7. I have the professional version, x64 on a new cyberpower pc desktop computer. When I use windows explorer, I open the directory USERS. it shows : default public My user account is set up as 'username' for example. I can not figure out how to get...
General Discussion
Padlock symbol on user name in User directory
I am using Windows Home Premium 64 bit SP1. My user directory under c:/...Users shows a padlock symbol on the folder for user "kevin". I believe that this is the reason this directory will not back up to my cloud drive provider. What does the padlock mean, and how do I remove it?
Windows 7 log-in screen shows two of the same user account?
Hi, when I turn on my computer, or bring it back from sleep mode, there are two of the same account. Basically it shows the user boxes with the same name twice, (both with the same password, picture, etc.) It's not really a problem, just kind of annoying to me for some reason. Is there any way...
General Discussion

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 01:33.
Twitter Facebook Google+