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How to change name of user folder


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#1 kronen

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:38 AM

I have changed the name of my only windwos 8.1 account, but the user folder has not changed and I can't figure out how to do it.

 

I tired to follow the instructions in this thread:

 

http://superuser.com/questions/495290/how-to-rename-user-folder-in-windows-8

 

but threre is no 'local users and group' icon in the computer management app.

 

so I tried to solve this by following the instructions in this thread:

 

http://www.kapilarya.com/fix-unable-to-get-local-users-groups-snap-in-in-windows-8-1

 

but I had the same problem as the guys in the comment section, I just got the message: “This snap-in may not be used with this edition of Windows 8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel.”

 

As far as i can see there is no way to change the folder name in control pannel or on the properties tab of the file itself.

 

Any suggestions?

 

 

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2015 - 04:56 PM

Easiest way is to create a new account with the desired folder name.

Then copy the contents of the old user account to the new user account.

Set a System Restore point and backup your stuff first! (in case it decides that it objects to some of the changes)

 

If you want to be cautious, then just copy the data over (Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Music, Pictures, and Video - maybe the Desktop contents also)

Don't delete the old folder just yet - in case you need things from it.
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