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renaming profiles/accounts/directories in Win7


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Surlyrider

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Greetings,

I think I may have made life difficult for myself. I have a new Windows 7 Professional machine I'm setting up. I entered the wrong name for the default account when installing Windows the first time. I have been searching the net, and have found numerous methods to rename the account, and to change the name of the directory, some involve registry edits, some do not, some use Easy Transfer, etc. What I'm after is to rename the Administrator Account, the folder associated with it, and the folder associated with one of the user accounts. And to have all of the various applications installed be able to find the folders associated with accounts. It'll be clearer in a sec:

c:\Users has folders:

Ralph this is the original account set up during windows 7 install, later renamed to Superboss as an admin account. all superboss's files go here now.

Ralph.8300-1 this is user Ralphs user account, where all his files get saved

User 1
User 2
Administrator default admin account

user accounts are
Ralph
User 1
User 2
Administrator
Superboss

I'd like to end up with the Users/ folder names matching the user names... and not have to go back and reinstall all the applications so they point to the correct folders. Also want to rename the Administrator Account and it's folders too.
Do-able? Is there a preferred method for accomplishing this?


Thanks in advance!

Edited by Surlyrider, 17 September 2011 - 07:18 AM.

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ZaRMan

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Hi Surlyrider,
I want to ask what it says in the User Accounts page in the Control Panel. (Press Start, and go into Control Panel. Under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Add or Remove User Accounts.) Could you please tell us what it says on this page or even better, upload a screenshot. This page along with your already provided file-system will allow us to help you further, thanks! Posted Image

Edited by ZaRMan, 18 September 2011 - 04:37 AM.

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Ralph- standard user, password protected
User 1- standard user
User 2- standard user
Administrator- Administrator, password protected
Superboss- Administrator, password protected
Guest- Guest Account is Off
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OK, I think I'm good now, but still have a question.
I followed the tutorial over at sevenformus.

renamed C:\Users\Ralph to c:\Users\Superboss
edited registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows nT\Profile List\{random numbers}\profile image path value c:\users\Ralph -> c:\users\Uberboss

went into control panel user accounts, and renamed Ralph to Superboss.

Logged out, then logged into superboss. All looked good except the saved theme wasn't in the My Themes area. did a search for the theme file, and it showed up under c:\Users\TEMP. Somehow, I ended up with a new user profile directory TEMP. Couldn't seem to recover from that, so I deleted the Superboss account, directory and reg key, and created it all new (superboss wasn't the one I was worried about having to reload if something went awry)

After getign Superboss set up again, I was then able to rename the c:\users\Ralph.8300-1 folder to c:\users\ralph, and edit it's reg key to point to c:\users\ralph, and all seems to be fine.

Any idea where I went wrong to end up with a TEMP user directory?
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It sounds that sometime during the process, something must have become corrupted and Windows created a temporary local account to log on with (thus the TEMP folder). So to be clear the TEMP folder is gone now? Glad to hear it all worked out for you Posted Image
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