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Windows 7: User name remove ?

24 Nov 2010   #1
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 
User name remove ?

When the guy built this computer I bought off him he installed Windows 7 and used his name so a file path looks like (eg) C\ James\documents (etc) how can I change this to my name ?, any advice very welcome please :)


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24 Nov 2010   #2
Arc

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Control panel > User Accounts > Change your account name .
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24 Nov 2010   #3
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi Arc :), I did do that but I still have the builders name in file paths ?

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24 Nov 2010   #4
Arc

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The name of the computer given at the time of installation cannot be changed afterwords (as far as I know) . As far as I know, only a Clean Install Windows 7 can provide the naming option (step 12 in the tutorial) .

I hope some experts like Brink ,Ted (Bare Foot Kid) or Greg (gregrocker) may give you some better advise in this issue .
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24 Nov 2010   #5
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Arc, I will be doing a clean install in the next few weeks (I have 32bit and 64bit Microsoft DVDs) so I intend to go up to 64bit and I can put my own name in then :)
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24 Nov 2010   #6
Arc

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Best of luck :)
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24 Nov 2010   #7
Bill2

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

Changing the name in user accounts does not not change the directory structure on the hard drive. The only way would be to create a new user, then copy your current profile over and delete the earlier account. Needless to say, you may run into problems of permissions etc. But since you plan to do a clean install anyway, might be fun to try.
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24 Nov 2010   #8
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thank you Bill2, I will try that closer to the time I change to 64bit, appreciate your help :)
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24 Nov 2010   #9
marsmimar

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You might be able to change your name through the registry by changing RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner. Navigate to:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion

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Click on CurrentVersion and in the right pane you should see RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner. You can double-click one of the values to open a dialog box called Edit String. Edit the Value Data box with whatever name you want to use (or leave it blank) and OK you way back out.

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24 Nov 2010   #10
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thank you marsmimar :), is there any risk ? as I can try close to the time I change to 64bit :)
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