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Windows 7: User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

29 Apr 2012   #50
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Wab, and welcome to Seven Forums.

System Restore will not affect user folders. Only system files, programs, and the registry instead.

The tutorial will not work unless it's done all at once first. While in another administrator account, double check to make sure that the user folder is renamed back to what it was originally, and double check the registry location in step 11 to make sure it has the same name as well.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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30 Apr 2012   #51
blazin109

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Maybe this is the thread to post my issue. Well, when I set up my Windows 7 laptop I used the name "Darshan-PC" and then I changed it to "Windows7-PC" but in the task manager under the processes tab, the user name still shows Darshan instead of Windows7, what should I do any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks. its not really that much of an issue I never even go to the processes tab unless im forced to end a process but i never have to cuz i got a 2.2 ghz quad core cpu and 8gb ddr3 1333mhz ram but i want my pc to be PERFECT so any help please?
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30 Apr 2012   #52
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Blazin,

That is normal for the old user name to display in Task Manager like that as per the blue NOTE box at the top if the tutorial. The only true way to change the user name everywhere is to create a new user account and delete the old one.
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01 May 2012   #53
tempuser99

Windows 7 Home 64
 
 

I followed this tutorial, but skipped step 22, because I'm using Windows 7 Home. Is there a third party program that will change these settings for me? I'm having a few problems, that I think may be related to this step. If not, can you help me fix the following?

I'm still seeing the old user name in the Users tab in Task Manager (ok just saw your post that this can't be changed) but it's also showing the old name in the Security tab in Properties for any file or folder.

I deleted the temporary admin account from the Users control panel, but when I log in from my main admin account (the only account I have on this machine now) the folder for the deleted account is locked, and can't be deleted.

One of the programs on my machine now only works if I select run as administrator.
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01 May 2012   #54
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Tempuser, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The old user name still showing in Task Manager is normal as posted in my post above yours for more details.

Since you can't delete the user folder normally, you may be able to with the free program Unlocker or in a command prompt at boot.

The program may require elevation to run. You might see if you can use OPTION FOUR or FIVE in the tutorial below to set the program's shortcut to always "Run as administrator" so not to have to do it each time you want to run it.

Run as Administrator

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 May 2012   #55
tempuser99

Windows 7 Home 64
 
 

The "Run as administrator" option, under advanced settings, on the shortcut is grayed out. I can select that option under Compatibility on both the shortcut and the application. But is there a way to stop the UAC from popping up, just for this application?

I'm guessing creating a new admin account, deleting the old account entirely, and just reinstalling some of my programs would solve all of these issues? Although, that would be kind of a PITA, just for the purpose of changing a name.
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02 May 2012   #56
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

To have just that one program run elevated without getting a UAC prompt, you could create a shortcut using either tutorial below to use for this.

Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create

or

Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User
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02 May 2012   #57
tempuser99

Windows 7 Home 64
 
 

Thanks Brink! I'll do that for now.

Will creating a brand new admin user, and deleting all other users, and switching everything over to this new admin account, also solve these problems?
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02 May 2012   #58
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I would recommend to wait a few days before deleting the other accounts to see how the new one does first, but creating a new account will have it's name everywhere. It will not help with the UAC prompt though.
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02 May 2012   #59
tempuser99

Windows 7 Home 64
 
 

So then really the only way to solve all my problems is to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro, so I can edit Local Security Group Policy Editor or to reinstall Windows 7 Home, and start from scratch with a new user name?
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