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Changing the Name of a User folder


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#1 GT7

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 11:38 AM

I recently set up a new Windows 7 machine and, when asked for the name to be given to the users folder, I let it use the default name USER. I set up an account with my name on it but the folder name is still USER. It's locked and Rename isn't listed in the options menu displayed when I right-click it. How can I change the folder name?
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Posted 16 April 2011 - 11:43 AM

Open your Start Menu and left-click on the photo in the upper right corner. The Account panel will open and you will see the option to 'Change Account Name'.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 12:55 PM

Unfortunately when you use the method provided by Zuhl, it only changes the name you see on the Welcome screen.

It won't change the file name.

I just changed my Test account to Mom. I see Mom on the Welcome screen, but when I look at the files on Mom desktop they are still called Test.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 01:03 PM

I had tried that and saw the account name rather than the folder name. Maybe I could make another folder in the Users folder, copy everything to it, and then delete USER. I'm waiting to hear someone suggest that before trying it, though. It sounds like something that could screw things up.
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:21 AM

GT7, you can use this method to create an account with the name that you want and transfer the settings from your account called USER. Although your not repairing a corrupted User Account, this is the preferred way to transfer all of your data from the USER account to the account with the proper name.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:07 PM

Zuhl, Thanks for the information.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:16 PM

Your welcome, GT7. Good luck with the repair. I've used it to repair a 'corrupted account' and it's really quite straight forward and easy to do. I'm still somewhat of a newb, but I'm more of an upper level newb as compared to an entry level newb. Whenever I find something that might come in useful, I store the link in special folders in my browser so I can find them when I need them.




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