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Windows 7: Setting %USERNAME% in windows 7

15 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Setting %USERNAME% in windows 7

I have a laptop with a company that uses a domain server.
There are no local accounts on the company laptops, but you can still log in using previous credentiails.

My problem:
When I log in without the domain present (Example: Network cable unplugged) to get on the company wireless or VPN from home, the %USERNAME% variable is set to upper case.
This wouldn't be a huge issue, except that some programs/scripts rely on the username variable being lowercase.

My question: Is there a way to force the username lowercase, when logging in to a system without the domain present?

I've tried changing it in the registry (HKCU\Volitale Environment) tried setting it in Environment Variables and tried setx USERNAME xxx /m

Any other ideas?

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15 Nov 2011   #2
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


Wouldnt it be easier to change the scripts?

In Windows the username shouldnt matter if it is in upper case or not.

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15 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Would they let you add the user account as a local admin? That's what I do sometimes for our users at work, they can have rights on their local computer but not on my domain...
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16 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave Atkin View Post
Wouldnt it be easier to change the scripts?
I wish it were easier. Working on it that way, too.

And users can make local accounts, but then again, certian software will not work correctly if they are not <domain>\<user>.

Its a big hassle.

After a few tests, I've noticed setx can change variables for the system, but username seems to be read only. Anytime I try to set it, it will stay uppercase unless I'm connected to the domain.

We are working on changing things over for these vpn users.. but if we could have a way to just.. run a little script on startup, or on demand that can set the username to lowercase for us, it would solve our issues much easier than trying to get all the different departments to check case in their scripts.

Any ideas would be helpful!
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