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Change account user name in Windows 7


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#1 arj6321

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 09:56 AM

I have laptop gifted to me, with a user name which I want to change.
I have the following steps in mind:
1. Create a new administrator account
2. Copy the profile from old username to new user.
3. Backup the entire registry.
4. Edit the exported .reg file to find and replace old user with new user.
5. Login as the new user.
6. Delete old user
7. Restore the new (edited) .reg

Would it work? If not, what other steps do I need to follow?

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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:35 AM

I would just create another user and delete the one that came on it.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:51 AM

You can create a new account and copy everything over to it if you like, but you should NOT mess with the registry and you cannot delete the default user account that was created when the OS was installed.

Three smarter choices:
1) Reformat and start from scratch
2) Follow cryptodan's advice above and simply create a new account
3) My choice: Leave well enough alone

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:59 AM

A few more thoughts,


Change account name while keeping the old profile:
Easiest way to change user name: Start-->Control Panel--> User Accounts-->Change your account name. When you log in, you will now see your new account name. If you navigate to "C:\Users" you will note that the <old username> remains for your profile. This can not be changed.

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Create a new account:
Just create a new administrator account. Not sure why you would need to import the old profile. Just make sure that all programs on the computer work in your new profile before deleting the old one.

or

If you must copy the old profle to a new profile, follow these instructions: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

Good luck.

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#5 arj6321

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:28 PM

Thanks guys.

I think I'll follow Allan's advice and just leave it alone


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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:02 PM

A few more thoughts,


Change account name while keeping the old profile:
Easiest way to change user name: Start-->Control Panel--> User Accounts-->Change your account name. When you log in, you will now see your new account name. If you navigate to "C:\Users" you will note that the


Just to clarify, you cannot change the name of the default account. All that will change is the name of the folder.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:25 AM

Mis post by mistake

Already provided that suggestion on this topic

Sorry BC's Advisors

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:49 AM

Huh?




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