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Changing Windows Systems File Names


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#1 weezer

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:55 PM

I picked up an older Compaq computer running XP from a friend and am trying to change the windows system file located in C:documentsand settings from his name to mine.  I have already renamed the registered owner using regedit.  Any ideas how I can rename this folder? 



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Posted 03 August 2013 - 02:09 PM

System file? You mean the profile folder I presume. I don't think that's possible or feasible.

You just need to create your own profile and then delete his. Here's how...

Open Control Panel, User Account and create a new account. Make it an administrator account.

Log off his account and log into yours.

Go back to User Accounts and delete his account. If I'm remembering correctly it will ask you if you want to preserve his profile files. You should just nuke it all but the choice is yours.



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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:50 PM

As far as I know, I also think it is impossible to change the name of system file. You can follow the instructions above, and I think it will be workable. Good luck!



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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:12 PM

I was given a computer by the guy upstairs, and I tried to change his name to mine, semi successfully. What I did was use the Windows Registry Editor program, "regedit32.exe" to search for ALL references to his name in the registry, and change them to mine. I also looked for all references to the name he gave his computer, and changed them to my name for it. Similarly I searched for ALL references to his password and changed them to mine.

 

In spite of that it still boots with his name on the start screen, and I have to erase it and type in mine and my password every time I boot the thing. I also rechecked the registry, and found that some entries had changed back to his name. I changed them to mine again, but every time it boots they change back to his name. Only solution as far as I can see is to format the HDD and reinstall Windopes. 



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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:58 PM

No, I've given the solution. Scroll up and read it.



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:34 PM

Thanks to the Senior Member I'm finally set up right.  Your solution was perfect.  Thanks again!



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:38 PM

Your welcome! BTW, my name is X or in the case of this forum that requires names to be 3 characters it's .X..

Happy computing!



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:42 PM

X.. -- You were right !! I followed your instructions, and that fixed it. Thanks very much!






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