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

02 May 2012   #60
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No.

You can simply just create a new user account to have that user name everywhere. I was just suggesting to wait before deleting the others mostly for you to make sure you have everything you wanted to copy over from them before deleting. Goodness knows, that there's always something we miss.


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14 Aug 2012   #61
1nd1g0

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Tried your method, Brink, but I had to Edit the Registry about 100x!

I was having problems connecting a new computer to my network - it worked perfectly from the new computer, but none of the others could connect to it!

Searching Google I got the idea that maybe it was due to the fact that I had ascribed a different username to Admin on the new computer!

So I thought I'd revert to the old Admin username, which Windows 7 happily did for me, but kept the old username as a kind of alias. in all folder related issues.
The upshot of it all was that it did not solve my network connection problems!

So then I happened across your tutorial and followed it to the letter, but still no network joy.
Consequently I did a registry search for my old Admin username, and found hundreds of entries that had not been changed!!
I laboriously renamed all the relevant entries (I couldn't just do a search and replace on a copy of the registry because I had given my new computer the same name, although thinking about it now, perhaps I should have renamed the Computer first!).

Anyway, doing all this renaming in regedit solved all the problems attendant with your method (eg Task Manager Username, bad path messages, etc.) but it did not fix my Network Issue!

It was then that I got the idea to check Administrative Events for errors and happened across EventID 30013 (The DHCP Allocator has disabled itself on IP address 192.168.2.8, since the IP address is outside the 192.168.137.0/255.255.255.0 scope from which addresses are being allocated to DHCP clients. Etc., etc.)

It recommends to change either the scope or the IP address, but no-one seems to know how to do change the scope, which was my only option!

I searched Google for ages, and, although EventID 30013 was a very common complaint, nobody had the solution!

Then I had a stroke of lucky ingenuity!
My new computer has a wireless connection, (nothing new in that because I have another one which functions perfectly on a WIRELESS CONNECTION) but it worried me that the Local Area Connection was disabled - network cable unplugged (after all it was a Local Area Connection Problem).

So I right-clicked on my Wireless Network Connection, and soon realised that if I selected the 2 Connections with a box (hold down left mouse-button and select both Network Connections) then I could bridge them!

At first it complained of an error, then thought better of it, and realised the Bridge.
Eureka!
No more Network Connection Problems, no more EventID 30013!

If anyone else wants to Bridge their Network Connections I should point out that the Network Connection Control Panel is not directly accessible, even from the expanded Control Panel, but if you go to the Control Panel> Network and Sharing Center and select the 3rd item down on the left Sidebar (Change Adapter Settings) you will arrive at the Network Connections Control Panel.

Otherwise go to Start and type ncpa.cpl in the search box and it will appear at the top!
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16 Sep 2012   #62
HarryCM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
C:\Users\TEMP

Hello, I followed the instructions to the letter, but instead of getting the expected outcome I have now got my Old Account linked to a folder called "TEMP," instead of the folder called "Harry"(Originally called "John"), which still exists and contains all my files, should I just copy the folders across to the TEMP folder and try again?
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16 Sep 2012   #63
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Harry, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sounds like a mistake may have been made. Double check the path in the registry at step 11 to make sure it has the correct name and path of your user profile folder.
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11 Jan 2013   #64
TeresaR

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 
Did this but now can't open Outlook 2010

Your tutorial on how to change the user account folder name was great and it worked.
But now I can't open up Outlook 2010 to set it up. I get the message "Cannot open your default
email folders. The path specified for the file C:\Users\(Old Name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\(old last name).ost is not valid.

Some history. I purchased this Sony Vaio used - craigslist. But the original owners name was still on the user account and I didn't want that. so that's changed so now it's C:\Users\Teresa\etc.

I even uninstalled and reinstalled Microsoft Office 2010 thinking that would fix this problem. But I get the same message. How do I change the path so that Outlook will open and I can set up my email accounts?

Help! Thanks to anyone who can!
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11 Jan 2013   #65
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Teresa, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For you situation I would recommend to create a new administrator account to use instead.

As you already found out, changing the name of the user profile folder of an existing account doesn't always work out well with some installed programs.

You might see if going into your "Account Settings" -> "Data Files" in Outlook to change the path of the .ost file to be this below for each email account may work instead.

C:\Users\(New Name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\EmailAccountName.ost

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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12 Jan 2013   #66
TeresaR

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Hey Brink...

Thanks for your reply. I actually figured it out by reading some of the posts below..
And searching other threads and other websites.

I found a back way to get into Outlook to set up my email accounts (I think it was through
Parental Controls? - I don't remember since my head was spinning by then). And once I set up
a new default email then I could delete the old one and then Outlook opened.

I have discovered that the previous owner's name is still the User Profile in a lot of the registries
for other programs. So far haven't had any problems... do you think I need to go in and edit all the
registries or only if problems occur?

Sure appreciate this forum... you all have helped this non-techy get a little moreso! :-)
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12 Jan 2013   #67
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.

I wouldn't recommend editing the registry unless you had an issue. Even then, I would recommend to create a restore point before doing so.
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20 Jan 2013   #68
Melvin

Windows 7
 
 

Nice tutorial. There is actually a way to remove the old name of a user account without creating a new account and deleting the old one.

Method 1:
Note: This method is available for all editions of Windows XP/Vista/7/8.

1. Follow steps 1-15 in the tutorial.
2. Run Control Userpasswords2 (All Windows versions) or Netplwiz (Windows Vista and later only).
3. Select the user name you want to change, then click/tap "Properties".
4. Change the name inside the "User name" field to be any name you want. Be sure to change the name inside the "Full name" field to be the same, or blank out the "Full name" field.
Note: When changing name through User Accounts, only the "Full name" field here will be changed, not the "User name" field.

5. Click/tap on OK to close out the user properties, then click/tap on OK again to close out the Advanced User Accounts.
6. Continue through steps 23-27 in the tutorial.
7. Open security properties for any file/folder that the changed user name has permission (either allow or deny) to see that the old name (Example: New Name (COMPUTERNAME\User Name)) has been changed to the new name (Example: New Name (COMPUTERNAME\New Name))
Note: If the name hasn't changed yet, then log of and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

Method 2:
Note: This method is available for Business/Professional/Pro/Ultimate/Enterprise editions of Windows XP/Vista/7/8 only.

1. Follow steps 1-15 in the tutorial.
2. Run Lusrmgr.msc
3. Click/tap "Users" on the left, click/tap the user name that you want to change, press F2, and change the name to be any name you want.
Note: This is the same as changing the name in "User name" field on Method 1 above.

4. Double-click/tap the changed user name, then change the name in "Full name" field to be the same, or blank out the "Full name" field, then click/tap on OK.
Note: From Step 3, if the "Full Name" column is already blank, then you can skip this step and go to Step 5 below.

5. Close the Local User and Groups.
6. Continue through steps 23-27 in the tutorial.
7. Open security properties for any file/folder that the changed user name has permission (either allow or deny) to see that the old name (Example: New Name (COMPUTERNAME\User Name)) has been changed to the new name (Example: New Name (COMPUTERNAME\New Name))
Note: If the name hasn't changed yet, then log of and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

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20 Jan 2013   #69
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Melvin,

Thank you, but that'll be a bit impractical to change the security properties of every file/folder (thousands or more) that the changed user name has permission of.
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