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New Username, Same Profile


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#1 bobo81

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 12:13 PM

I hope someone can solve this for me...

My username has been changed from user1 to user2. However all my documents are still in the same profile (ex: C:\Documents and Settings\user1\Desktop).

I want to know how I can change this so my profile will be user2 (now ex. C:\Documents and Settings\user2\Desktop).

The reason why is because when I use a large scan machine which is on the network it cannot send me docs to the computer because there is a username + profile conlict.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 12:35 PM

Create a new user called "user2"
Copy the contents of c:\Docs+settings\user1 to c:\Docs+settings\user2
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Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:57 AM

Hey Billy,

But even though I create a local user called user2, and even if I rename user1 something like user1OLD, when siging into user2 it will re-create the user1 profile again. I think it may have something to do with how it was changed in the active directory or something because remember I have a new username: user2, yet it is still using user1's profile.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 03:37 PM

Renaming a user's profile internally cannot be done. All you can do is create a new user, and copy the data from the old user to the new one. Windows will continue to use the old user name internally.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 07:16 AM

Changing the name of a Windows account doesn't change the files/folders that it's associated with. It only changes the name that you see. It will also affect any network connections that you may be using (and it wreaks havoc within Workgroups).

I have successfully changed the folder name for an account in the Document and Settings folder in my XP SP3 Virtual Machine. The profile recognized the new folder and loaded correctly. This is a Standard User account and is not connected to a network - so any attempts to try this with a regular profile may not apply. Before trying anything, backup all your data!
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 11:58 PM

Actually, it sounds to me like he is trying to logon to a domain, I would have to guess that the admin or whoever controls Active Directory simply renamed the account from user1 to user2, this would explain the recreation of the user1 profile, the admin should of created a separate user2 account, then logon as user2 on the computer so the new profile would be created, the admin then can use special Active Directory tools to copy the complete profile from user1 to user2.

I don't know if it would work in this case, but the admin can change the path of the profile in Active Directory, it can be done on a local non-domained XP Pro so I know it can be done in A.D. as well.

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