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Windows 7: Change User Name

15 Jul 2010   #1
shadow65

windows 7
 
 
Change User Name

My computer came with the user name of "Valued Customer". I have changed the account name, but the user name has stayed the same. Can I change the user name in Windows 7, Home Premium?
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15 Jul 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

The only way to change the name is to open a new account, transfer everything over and delete the old account.

To avoid being corrected, allow me to add that you probably can by a registry hack, but I would not try a procedure like that, risking a potential problem later on.
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15 Jul 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello shadow65, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look at the tutorial at the link below.


User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums
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15 Jul 2010   #4
shadow65

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the welcome. From what I am reading, I can change the log-in name of the account, but I can't actually change the user name. Even if I create a new account with the user name I want, I can't see how to transfer the files from the original account to the new one.
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15 Jul 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Use windows easy transfer.
Just type those words in search. Transfer to a finger drive, then transfer to new account. I did it and it works.
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15 Jul 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Anon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but you cannot change the name of your C:\Users\(user-name) folder itself. Doing so will most likely give you a user profile cannot be loaded error.

In addition, a way around this would be to create a new administrator account with the name you like, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Jul 2017   #7
bawldiggle

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

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14 Jul 2017   #8
z3r010

Windows 10 Workstation x64
 
 

It was a long time ago those links were posted, maybe @Brink has some newer links.
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14 Jul 2017   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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