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How Do I Change A User Name?


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#1 neilhumphreys

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:26 AM

Hi Guys

I know this might sound easy, but I have spent the last 24 hours trying to do this! I have been trying:

Start - Control Panel - User Accounts - Select User - Change Name

and the user name has changed and I thought everything was okay. However this appears to be only a visible change, as I have a program that uses this name and it is still reporting the previous user name.

Am I missing something? I created a new user account and my program reports the new user name

Any help would be gratefully received

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:24 AM

Are you using the method described on this page?

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:38 AM

Hi

Yes that is what I am doing and the name changes. However when I log into my program it still reports the original name.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:16 AM

What program are you finding the old user name in?

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:46 AM

It is a client / server database program. When I log on it logs me in under the old user name even though I have changed the user name. If I create a new user account then it logs me in under the new account name.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 05:14 PM

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Hiya,

Although you have changed user names on your original account, the system files that are created when you formulated the account, do not change names, they remain as created.

The only way to resolve this is to create a new user account and then totally delete your original one.

Hope this helps,

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:50 AM

If you are using Windows XP (Home or Pro) then this is the method to change usernames. Open the "Control Panel" swith it to classic view if not already done so (Top Left Of Control Panel in Common Tasks Bar) and press "User Accounts" (Logo with a computer and two people) Then click on the image of the user whose name you would like to change then press "Change Name"

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 06:46 PM

Changing user names isn't the same thing as changing the name of the folder that the profile is located in. So, if the program looks for the folder name, then it'll show the folder name rather than what you've named the account. You can see this by changing the name on any account, then checking in the Documents and Settings folder (in Windows Explorer) to see that the first "name" that the account had is still the name of the folder.

FWIW - this also messes up network access and permissions so it's best to start with a brand new account without the name change.
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 01:32 AM

Also a better alternative is to create a new user account and name it what you want it to be then copy your files to the new account. By doing this your account will run faster and should have less problems. Also the problem that you have could disapear. I did this and now my new account is faster and I don't have the problems that I used to have (PC went slow wouldn't load corrupt argh!)

I don't know if making a new account will do the same for you because it varys, but hey, give it a shot!

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:36 AM

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811151
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 09:15 AM

When you change a user name you are only actually changing a tag to the SID(Security ID). All programs and security is linked to the SID and not the user name. If you notice when a username is changed the documents and settings folder name remains unchanged. This is part of the issue for the database. If it is using a SID field and you originally entered username against that SID it will still refer to the name in the database.

As mentioned before the only way to make the changes fully would be to copy all of the files from that profile and create a new profile under the new name and copy the files back. You will need to make sure this is done from an admin account as this will make sure the permisions of the files will be OK for the new user to be able to access them.
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