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#1 wavemaker

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 07:00 PM

Gooday all. I have this trivial little problem that I would like to fix. When my mate built this machine for me and installed XP , he misspelt my name. So now I have to look at this every time it comes up. No biggy, but it gives me the whatsits. Any help? Thanks in advance. Regards James.
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 07:08 PM

i am not an expert---
but---
if you go to start (lower left hand corner of screen likely),
right click--
menu appears----
find "My Computer"--
right click on this item---
clcik on properties at bottom of list--
pop-up window appears---
click on manage--
allows you to rename --


hope this works for you if you choose to try.

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 07:37 PM

Mostly right,

Right click on My Computer select properties, Then click the computer name tab, click the change button then you can rename there.

Hope this helps
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 07:58 PM

Thanks, I have done that already but that does not change the name in say, docs and settings, folder with my name. If I right click that folder with my name on it , I can rename the folder but if I close it and reopen it, it's back to the old spelling. When installing windows you are asked for a name there and I think that is where I have to get to, just don't know how to get there.
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 09:55 PM

didi you re-boot after the re-naming and look ?

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 10:05 PM

oh--- you may be talking about your user name--- not the computer name--
click on start---
go to lgoe with your (mispelled name) at top of menu---
click on that (user name and logo)--
it takes you to a window--
clcik on home in that window---
will allow you to change name or add user(s)--

is that what you needed ?

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 10:41 PM

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html#023

"How do I Change Registered Owner Name?"

Press START

Press RUN

Type REGEDIT in the RUN box.

Press the Home key or select My Computer from the REGEDIT menu with the mouse.

Press F3 and type RegOwner in the search box. Wait for the search to find the key. This can take a while depending on the size of the registry and or speed of the system.

Right click and choose MODIFY.

Change Owner information. You can also change Company name from the key located above the RegOwner key.

Close regedit and reboot.


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Posted 26 February 2007 - 01:39 AM

Ok, thanks all. Have done all of the above and the name is still wrong. I will try to explain what is going on. I click my computer, click C, click docs and settings , there are 5 folders there, all users, default user, then the one with the wrong spelling, then local service, then network service. When I open the mis spelt folder, all the files have Docs and settings/ my name wrong/ and then what ever after that. Any other ideas. Thanks in advance. Regards James.
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Posted 26 February 2007 - 02:36 AM

Here's an idea: Create a new account with the name properly spelled. Then transfer the files from the misspelled account to the new one. When all is transferred, delete the misspelled account.

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 08:06 AM

Try the tool on this site
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/owner.htm

Hope it helps
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Posted 26 February 2007 - 11:28 PM

Thanks again everyone. Whenever I try to do any thing with the file it just says no. Its a syystem file and cannot be deleted or renamed. So maybe I am stuck with it. When I tried the regedit thingy, I opened win/nt and there was no Reg/co or reg/owner to modify.
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Posted 26 February 2007 - 11:50 PM

Orange Blossom offered an excellent suggestion above.
It isn't difficult to set up a user account and transfer all your folders and files to the new one.
If you decide to do this, make sure to send your favorites over, or they will be lost.
And if you use an email client (Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc) you'll need to back up your messages and address book because on the new desktop you will have to set up the client again from scratch. (I learned about favorites and Outlook Express from experience)

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:28 AM

This was said before for the most part

Start > Right Click My Computer > Properties > Computer Name > Then it says to change the computer name or join a workgroup Click Change > Click Change > Enter the name you want in the top field > Ok > Ok

That should do it.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:36 AM

Nah, you are just not getting it. Done all that and sure all that is changed. Comes up with all the right stuff. Go to my comp/ c/ docs and settings/ the folder that has the name ascribed to you at the original set up. try to change the name of that folder. will not change the name. Thanks in advance. Regards James.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 09:24 AM

I've done some research on this issue. You can change your account user name and the computer name.
You simply cannot change the one you want to.
The choice you have now is to either live with it, create a new account and delete the current one, or re-install Windows and type in the correct name.




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