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We are trying to remove or rename under "Documents and wSettings" a person's name so that the current owner of the computer sees her own name in all of the file paths, etc. The system won't allow a delete or rename because it is a "Windows Systems Folder." Help. XP media center

Edited by benay, 12 March 2007 - 02:48 PM.

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Hi, benay. Welcome to Geeks to Go!

Please confirm the Operating System for this computer. You have posted in the Windows 2000, XP forum, but your profile states Vista.
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In case the machine in question is Windows XP Media Center, here are the instructions for creating a new user account for the person, and copying the older account profile to the new one. This is a better solution than trying to rename the folder.

To create a new user account:
  • Go to Control Panel.
  • Click User Accounts tool.
  • Select the Create A New Account link.
  • Give the account a name and click Next.
NOTE: Ensure that the account type is Computer Administrator (You can see the option button displayed in the process.)
  • Click Create Account button.
  • Reboot the computer. Log in with the new user account. This will create the user folder under Docs & Settings.
  • Reboot the computer and log in with an administrative user account that is neither the new or the old. You can press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the classic log-in shell. If you don't have a third user account on the computer, you can type in Administrator as the user. This is the default Administrator account that is set up at the time Windows is installed. The password may be blank.
  • Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
  • Select the Advanced tab.
  • Click the Settings button in the User Profiles section.
  • Select the old user account.
  • Click the Copy To button.
  • Click the Browse button and then browse to Documents and Settings, and select the new account folder.
If you do this part wrong and copy the profile from the new account to the old account, you will delete everything out of the My Documents folder for the old account.
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