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how do i rename a user account?

Question: how do i rename a user account?

I have a HP desktop with Vista and the hard drive crashed. HP replaced my hard drive and the guy who did it transferred all my files and reinstalled Vista using my boot disk. Unfortunately he renamed me as a user using a wrong spelling for my name. there is another user but I am the default user . I renamed my computer to "owner" by right clicking My computer and I went to control panel and renamed myself as a user to "owner"but if I follow the path My computer>Local Disc>Users> my name appears with the wrong spelling. I tried deleting this user folder and started a whole lot of problems as my computer couldn't locate my files so i changed everything back but how do i rename my user account.(Also when installing software the window appears with my wrongly spelt name and its getting me on edge) Any Help thanks

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Hello; I am wondering if it is possible to rename my user account from the CLI? My user account is also the administrator account. Since I did a recent re-install of Windows, I am not happy with my choice of name for my account.
Or alternatively, could I add another admin. user account and delete the first one? I would prefer just to rename, if that is possible.

Answer:Rename User Account

hi see if this is what you want. User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

can always add another admin account User Account - Create

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So for some reason, windows 8 thought it would be funny to change my user name to Al Ex instead of Alex, AND since you can't have space on the address bar, the folder ended up calling Al.
This annoyed me a lot more than it should have, because i have tried changing the user name through control panel, but that just changes the display name, not the folder's name.

How do i rename it?

Answer:How to rename user account?

Hello Alex,

The best way I found to do this would be to create a new account with the name you wanted instead, sign out of old account, sign in to the new account, copy over anything (ex: shortcuts and files) you wanted from the old account to the new one, then delete the old account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I want to change the name of the User Profiles.
I can change the "User Names" easily and have done so. Admin, User;

It is the path names I want to change:
c:/documents and settings/clinton
c:/documents and settings/compaq_owner



This, of course, is purely cosmetic.

If I could gain " System Access" and rename it-
would everything work correctly as if I had created new accounts and transferred all the data?

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sounds simple - but under users there is public and myname
all i want to do is change myname.
the little folder icon has a lock on it
home premium version
have changed computer name and account name.
thanks all

Answer:rename user account file name

This may help

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-accounts.html

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i'm using vista OS in C drive there is users folder in which my name is appear, i want to rename it but when i right click on it the rename option doesn't appear. i already renamed my account from control panel-user account.

Answer:need directions to rename Vista user account

First, restart your PC to see if it has changed after the renaming you already did.If it didn't change, then try to rename it from C:\Users\{your user name}If it still does not work, create a new account with admin privileges for the name you want and then switch to this new account.Delete your previous account. Doing the above may be easier if you temporarily disable UAC. Please note disabling UAC requires a restart of the PC.Or better, wait for a better answer from other members of this elegant forum.Hope the above helps.RegardsSuatCINI

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Hi,
I renamed my account successfully user "X" in Windows 8.1 Pro by changing the name of the "X " folder with the name "Y" in the Manager files and renaming the Value data of the file in the Registry editor's ( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ ProfileList \ S- 1-5-21-3191571139-445060046-1274765821-1005 -> ProfileImagePath ) .
However, I realize that the name associated with my User profile in the window named User Profiles (Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Configure advanced user profile properties ) is still the old name, it's to say "X".
Is there a way to rename my User profile once and for all with the new name, it's to say "Y", without deleting my actual account and make another one?
Thank you!

Answer:How to rename my User account in deep in Windows system?

Bottom line is it isn't safe, there are too many places that point to the registry entry and can fail when that entry changes. It is safer to create a new account and rename, THEN delete the old account. I went through this when installing a clean Win10. One of the accounts I created became corrupt and was unusable. I spent quite a bit of time with helpdesk and my answer is due to personal experience. :-)

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Guys I have done this in the past but cannot recall how and don't want to botch.

I had hoped Windows 10 corrected the "rename user account" function but nope. I renamed a User Account due to conflict on the LAN [same name, same spelling] and sure enough, now I have two names for the account, one a slightly hidden original name, and permissions issues. To rid it, I will create an all new Administrator account, move everything over, and demolish the old.
How to do? the docs/files are easy... the settings for apps etc are not as I recall

thx

Answer:Move/copy-paste User Account data & docs to New User account same sys

Don't even try would be my recommendation.

Make a new Admin account and copy your documents. Set everything else up from scratch.

Most applications will store their stuff in %localappdata% but unless you have some specific app (Windows Live Mail or Outlook or something) tht you must move it would be much better not to try to move things.

If there is something specifically you want to move then ask about that - I've moved the 2 I mention above, for sure someone else has moved something else.

Generally it will be quicker (and cleaner) to start from scratch than trawl though everything hoping to make sure you moved the lot. You'll only end up missing some odd directory and it will not work.

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Guys I have done this in the past but cannot recall how and don't want to botch.

I had hoped Windows 10 corrected the "rename user account" function but nope. I renamed a User Account due to conflict on the LAN [same name, same spelling] and sure enough, now I have two names for the account, one a slightly hidden original name, and permissions issues. To rid it, I will create an all new Administrator account, move everything over, and demolish the old.
How to do? the docs/files are easy... the settings for apps etc are not as I recall

thx

Answer:Move/copy-paste User Account data & docs to New User account same sys

Don't even try would be my recommendation.

Make a new Admin account and copy your documents. Set everything else up from scratch.

Most applications will store their stuff in %localappdata% but unless you have some specific app (Windows Live Mail or Outlook or something) tht you must move it would be much better not to try to move things.

If there is something specifically you want to move then ask about that - I've moved the 2 I mention above, for sure someone else has moved something else.

Generally it will be quicker (and cleaner) to start from scratch than trawl though everything hoping to make sure you moved the lot. You'll only end up missing some odd directory and it will not work.

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Is there a fix for Unlocking AD User Account in Windows7 so I do not I have to use WindowsXP AD to unlock the User Account?  Is there a fix and/or update for fixing this problem?
Your help will ge greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Fred

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I am trying to create a non admin user account, which I know how to do the simple way, however I have been using the admin user account for a while now however I want to transfer/copy program setting, etc to this knew user account.

so I want to: create a non admin user account which is duplicate of the current existing admin account but from her on to install software etc I install under admin account.

I am using Vista too

Any help would be greatly appreciated,
David Lambie
 

Answer:How do I copy existing admin user account to normal user account

I would
> Create the new profile with admin privileges
> Transfer stuff things to the new profile (see here)
> Then remove admin privilege from the new account
 

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My folders and files in C:/users/myname/ can be viewed and accessed from the Guest user account. How do I stop this?
 

Answer:Files in my user account can be accessed from guest user account in VISTA

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I have a Vista 32 system that has some corruption. Several things like the NET v2.0 framework do not work correctly and it does not do a Windows update without an error. Basically, I know some corruption must exist in the registry.

I have a new drive that I restored a backup from way back when the system was working OK. Naturally there are programs and files that need to be updated. I will have to reinstall the programs that did not exist on the old backup, but I was hoping I could restore my user account profile "in bulk" without just moving individual files. Is there anything wrong with deleting the whole content of the restored user account profile and replacing it with my present profile?

Answer:replacing a restored user account from backup with present user account

You could use Windows Easy Transfer, I will be back with more information.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

You can also, just back up your files etc and then restore them to the new account.

You have to be careful with anything that you do, to be sure that the corruption is not transferred.

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I have 5 computers which are serially named. I recently decided to do the same with my primary user names on each computer. So, I went through and did some renaming. I found I had problem when I could not log on using remote desktop because my credentials were not accepted due to user name conflict. I eventually got this sorted out on most of the computers by changing names back, but now I have one left where the user account name I want to use is different than the folder name that is associated with that user. I would like to get everything back in sync. I've read a number of discussions about how to do this, but I'm not sure of the best approach. I have several options:
1. Change the user name to agree with the folder name.
2. Change the folder name to agree with the user name.
3. Create a new user name and copy the files from the existing user folder to the new user folder.
4. Reinstall Windows taking care to get the names the way I want.

My impression is that 2 is problematic. If so, which of the others might be the best choice? I also be interested in hearing why this long standing problem has not been fixed, if anyone knows.

Answer:I need to rename user folder to agree with user name

The actual C:\users\(your user name) is set when you first create the account. After that if you change the username its displayed almost everywhere as the one you changed it to but the original folder name won't change. I'm sure there is a reason for that but I don't know what it is. Probably because there are so many references to it in the registry etc that changing it in every location without breaking something would be problematic. Installed programs may reference it to so you'd end up with programs that wouldn't work after renaming the actual folder. for that reasone I wouldn't be all that keen to try option 2. I'd go with 3 or 4, probably in that order.

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Hi,

We are creating a PDF file in login user's local application folder (C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\folder1) through a custom .Net application and displaying the created pdf file in application.

The above functionality is working for users who are part of domain and added to local vista machine as users (both for administrator and standard user accounts).
The same is not working for local users (both administrator and standard user accounts created in vista box).

File is getting created for any user under their local appdata folder and can able to open from that location, but not displaying from app in case of local system users (admin or standard type).

Can anyone help me what security settings differ between domain users vs local users in vista business 32 bit OS?

Thanks
Padmaja

Answer:domain account user vs local account user in vista

Policy that is actually causing the problem (or lack thereof) is corresponds to Internet Options control panel, Connections tab, Lan Settings button: Use Automatic Configuration settings.
Having this turned on causes IE to load a configuration file prepared by IT department which makes a whole lot of configuration changes to IE, including remapping the security zones. We can test this by unchecking this option (the default state).
Since the machine is in domain and since we are testing with domain users accounts, I have monitored domain controller pushing down a bunch of policy settings which relax the IE security settings, causing the reports to display.
First, domain settings will resync over time and this checkbox will keep getting turned back on automatically. So you can?t really turn this off, it won?t stay off. I would feel better just testing local accounts, but since the computer is also a member of the domain, machine-specific policies are applied by the domain as well.

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I have a Dell XPS 9100 with Windows 7 Prof. I am using the user account made during the initial bootup of the new computer, to make the desired settings and adding software installations. However after I finish with the initial tweaking, I will reduce the account privileges from Administrator to Standard user level. However, before I change the account level, I will make another user account with administrator user level.

Is there a way to have the new user account have the same settings as the initial user account when it is Simimade, such as copying, etc? I am not looking forward to manually making all of the sames changes/settings that I have made in the initial bootup user account, to the new user account with administrator privileges.

I would very much appreciate any suggestions regarding the above. Thanks Sam

Answer:Creating a New User Account Similar to an Existing User Account

Hello Scams,

About as close as you can get to this would be to create a new administrator account with the name you like, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.

It will copy most of your settings, like your Start Menu shortcuts, to the new account, but items stored in the registry, like your desktop background, would have to be reset again.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn

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I have a user with a machine that was setup with Win 8.1 Home. The machine has been upgraded to 8.1 Pro and joined to a domain (WinSrv 2003). I need to get the conten/configuration from their old local machine user profile to their new domain user profile. I tried to copy the contents of their ../users/<name>/.. folder from the local user profile to the new domain user profile (after they had logged in once, and then logged off). This did not work. When I did the copy, I grabbed all files, including hidden...was that my mistake, or is the issue broader?

In the end....they want their old stuff and configuration under their new credentials/profile.

Thanks!

-Nick

Answer:Merge Domain User Account with Local User Account

There are 4 conventional ways of accomplishing this task.

Option 1: Simply copy My Documents, Favorites, Desktop items from one to the other. You will have to setup program options again, may or may not be a big deal

Option 2: Use the Windows Easy Transfer option. Explained here. Vista & Win7 local to domain profile migration

Option 3: Use the Copy To Feature in User Profiles, explained here: Copy a user profile. The steps are outlined for different versions of Windows, but they work the same in Windows 8.

Option 4: Use the User State Migration Tool. User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide. Here is a link to a video on using the USMT. User State Migration Tool in Windows 7 - Install | TechNet

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hi

how can it be?

a standar user turns the pc on, goes to her account and turns the general volume down and then turns the pc off

i go later turn the pc on , go to my account and i have the volume down too

why???????????????????

Answer:1 user account urns down the volume and my user account gets affected

That is how Windows seems to work. I have three users on my system, and if I adjust the volume with one, the other two are affected. I did find this: How do I keep individual user volume settings on my computer?

Maybe it will help you. I will also ask others to take a look.

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Hi, This is joel, i'm using windows 10 from last 1month.I added a user account for others but when tried to login it says "user account couldn't loaded. Except admin account, other user account couldn't be accessed.

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When I try to log onto my user account I click on it and the computer shuts down, no error message. I can log into the administrator account, it's protected by a password. I have nortons and malwarebytes and have run them both with no malware detected. I also tried system restore but all of my restore points are gone. So, what next? Thanks

Answer:I click on user account and it (user account) shuts down

Have you tried creating a new user account?

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Question: User Rename.

Greetings,

I'd like to ask you, how can I rename the location of my data and my data folder. I changed my PC username, name of the PC, but that folder remained unchanged.

It's 'C:\\Users\ssdevious' and let's say, I want to change that 'ssdevious'. In that folder we're trying to rename is the following: Contacts, Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, Links, My Documents, etc.

Best Regards,
SS-Totenkopf

Answer:User Rename.

   Warning
This will cause user Profile Problems and Registry problems I would Seriously not recommend you renaming the folder


The Simplest Way I would do is to Make a new account and Transfer the Files Manually

Hope This Helps,
Josh

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Hello,I have trying to improve the security settings on a XP Home SP3 based machine. Reading through a link provided here I see that the Administrator account can be renamed in XP Pro. The instructions do not work for XP Home. Can the Administrator account be renamed with XP Home?Thanks!Link: Hardening Windows Security Part 1 and 2http://www.malwarehelp.org/Malware-Prevent...-Security1.htmlDescription Provided For XP Pro:Rename/Password protect the administrator accountAn administrator account has the largest amount of default permissions and the ability to change their own permissions. To stop the intruders from accessing your computers and gaining administrative rights from the built-in Administrator account, it is highly recommended to rename the Administrator accountTo rename the administrator account in windows XP Pro, follow these steps:? Right click on 'My computer' and click 'Manage', which opens the Microsoft Management console.? Open the Users folder under Local users and groups, right click on 'Administrator' and click Rename and type in your preferred unique name.? Right click on 'Administrator', click properties and edit the description for the account, so as not to reveal its true nature.To password protect the administrator account, if you have not done it already, or to change the password follow these steps: ? Right click on 'My computer' and click 'Manage', which opens the Microsoft Management console.?... Read more

Answer:Rename Administrator Account In XP Home Possible?

I just found a link which explains how to change the Administrator name in XP version. It worked for me but I cannot vouch for the credibility of this site or the safety of using this procedure as I have never used this site before. I just mirrored my hard drive so I am not too worried. If anybody is interested in trying this please do so at your own risk.Thankshttp://www.leeindy.com/renadmin.shtml

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So when you rename your Windows 7 account, it doesn't change the path name.

Like for an example:

C:\Users\OldName is still C:\Users\OldName

How can I make it change the path name for everything with out having to create a new account?

Answer:Renaming account doesn't really rename it?

Hello Zevoxa,

Creating a new account is the best method to do so, but the tutorial below can help show you how to properly rename your user profile folder's name.

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi all
 
 
Just a personal update to the excellent 'How to rename the built-in Administrator account' Windows 8 tutorial.
 
There are 4 methods described, and indeed methods 1 and 2 did not work ony my ('standard') Windows 8 64-bit.  However method 3, which is described as being for Windows XP, did in fact work on my Windows 8.  It looks easier than the suggested method 4!
 
 
Nigel
 
 
Edit: here's the link to the tutorial in question:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/rename-administrator-account-in-windows/

Answer:How to rename the built-in Administrator account.

Thanks for the info. This is why we list multiple methods for tutorials like that. Not everyone has the same degree of success.

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I just got a netbook that has 7 Home Premium x64. How do I rename the administrator account?

I've already enabled it, but gpedit.msc, secpol.msc and lusrmgr.msc don't work with 7 Home Premium.

Answer:Rename built in administrator account?

Why do you need to rename it?

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I want to change the "Administrator" account in Windows XP home edition. I have instructions for use with XP pro - typing gpedit.msc in run--> ( group policy editor window shold open)Is there any simple, safe way of giving the account a new name ?

Answer:Rename the Administrator account in XP Home

click herethis will help,good luck..

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HIFrom the Command Prompt of Windows 7, to enable the Administrator user, I should write "net user administrator /active:yes". Also from the command prompt, what is the command to rename this user so that, when I reboot Windows 7, the Administrator account will be created with the name renamed?THANKSBYE

Balubeto

Answer:Rename the Administrator account from the Command Prompt

Hi balubeto,Net command doesn't have rename account function. Based on my research and test on our test machines, you can download a free utility named Renuser.exe to achieve this. Please refer to the  following steps:1. Download Renuser.zip file, unzip it and copy Renuser.exe file to the path: C:\Windows\System32.Please note: we provide the 3rd party software for technical use only. There may be some changes without notice, Microsoft doesn't guarantee any accuracy on contacting information. 2. Start the Command Prompt with elevated privilege.3. Type the following syntax:renuser <Current UserName> <New UserName> [<DomainName>]Since your computer isn't joined to the domain, you can skip the [<DomainName>] setting. 4. Log off the current account and log back in. Now you can see the newly renamed account is displayed on the logon screen. Best RegardsDale

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Hi, i just got a new laptop and my brother installed everything on it for me but he spelt my name wrong when naming the main user in the C drive. I can't seem to be able to rename the user folder i have tried many times. Everytime i get a message saying i need permission to perform this action and that i need permission from the SYSTEM to make changes to this folder, even though i am the administrator! It's really annoying me. Please help. E.g C:\Users\Wrong Name Here\RecentThanks so much.

Answer:Rename original default account in Windows 7

Make a new user with the correct name. Save your important personal data to a flash drive or usb drive and then delete the old user. Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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Hi,
I have unlocked it with the Net user administrator /active:yes in the command prompt.
I have tried:
System and Maintenance, Administrative Tools and then the Local Security Policy - however the Local Security Policy is nowhere to be found.

Please help.

Thank you.
 

Answer:rename windows vista administrator account

go to user accounts, manage another account, click on Administrator, then click change the account name.
 

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Just started on Windows 7.
The default Users folder is VALUED CUSTOMER and everything added is going in there. Am I able to rename this folder to something like JIMARCH, or must I add myself as a new user and reinstall everything?

Answer:User folder - rename

Hello Jimarch, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The best option would be to create yourself a new administrator account, copy over what you like from the old account, then delete the old VALUED CUSTOMER account afterwards.

User Account - Create

If you prefer to just rename it, then the tutorial below will show you how to.

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have set up a user in windows 10. It's a gmail address, but I've set it up as a Microsoft account (I think).

IO am trying to rename it, as when I power on, I see the gmail address and I want to simplify to a name.

I've tried everything but am not having any luck.

T

Answer:Rename User In Windows 10

If you're sure it's a Microsoft account, rather than local, sign into the Microsoft account info page and Edit Name. This is what will now show at sign in and on Email. I don't like to mess with the name in a Local Account since it can mess up personal files.

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Hello.

I guess since i installed windows 10 using my microsoft account, my user folder got named after my microsoft mail, or some part of it anyway. So am wondering if it's possible to rename the user folder somehow?

Answer:Rename user folder?

Nitrius said:

Hello.

I guess since i installed windows 10 using my microsoft account, my user folder got named after my microsoft mail, or some part of it anyway. So am wondering if it's possible to rename the user folder somehow?



Not really. Once its created, there are so many registry entries that point to it, it is basically impossible to change. You can always create a new local account with the name you want, then associate it with your MS account.

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I have just deployed a customised Windows 10 Pro x64 1607 image with six user accounts pre done as part of the SysPrep.

I'd like to use this to reinstall on my sister's PC, too. She only needs four users, but they aren't included in my six (different family).

As there's no difference between any of the accounts apart from one being an administrator, can I rename four of the accounts to save having to create new ones or will I find that the original name's still left somewhere and will pop up at some time in the future and have someone wondering why there's somebody else's name where theirs should be?

I'm aware that the user folders will probably have to be renamed.

Tolqua.

Answer:Okay to rename user accounts?

The name may well pop up as setting will be for old name

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I have just deployed a customised Windows 10 Pro x64 1607 image with six user accounts pre done as part of the SysPrep.

I'd like to use this to reinstall on my sister's PC, too. She only needs four users, but they aren't included in my six (different family).

As there's no difference between any of the accounts apart from one being an administrator, can I rename four of the accounts to save having to create new ones or will I find that the original name's still left somewhere and will pop up at some time in the future and have someone wondering why there's somebody else's name where theirs should be?

I'm aware that the user folders will probably have to be renamed.

Tolqua.

Answer:Okay to rename user accounts?

The name may well pop up as setting will be for old name

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Hi, I have a Packard Bell laptop that i got from a friend, but his name is obviously on the user profile. How can i change it to mine? I see no rename option on the user folder.

Vista home edition sp2

Thanks

Answer:How to rename a user profile?

Basically you can't.
You can change the name of the login name but that is all.
You could change the name of the profile folder but this would cause some serious problems. The problem is that the registry and configuration files contain many references to the original name. Finding and changing all of them would be very difficult and this is why Windows does not provide a means to do this.

You can always create a new account for yourself with any name you choose.

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Hi Guys

I have just bought a new Vista PC, and im using a programme called Game Collectorz which allows you to have information on all your video games...anyway, to show an image of the game the images are stored in a folder in my documents which the programme reads as C:>Users>Loz>Images

I am trying to transfer this folder onto my new PC, but I currently have the structure C:>Users>User>Images which obviously doesnt recognise my images

Is there a way to change 'User' to 'Loz'?

I have a User Account called Loz, which is set to administrator, but it doesnt come up under 'Users' when I go through C:>Users

Can anyone help?

Thanks

Answer:How to rename 'user' folder

Hi,
Did you create your account Loz or did you just rename the original user account?
I'm going to guess that you renamed it.

It is very difficult to change the name of C:Users\User. This was the first account created when the operating system was installed. Renaming only changes the apparent name not the path.

The easiest thing to do is to create a new account called Loz. It will then appear as C:\Users\Loz. You will have to copy all your files to the new account however.

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Hello,
it's not much of an issue just a personal preference, however how would I go about to changing my user folder name?

Thanks.

Answer:Rename user folder?

You won't be able to change the folder named Users. It is a system folder, like Windows, Programs, etc.

If you are speaking about changing the name of the folder Just beneath Users, i.e. <your user name>, this can be done by creating a new user account with the name you want and when you have it configured the way you desire, delete the old user account.

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Windows 7 Home OS
Bought laptop - my "ex" set it up for me, virtually naming it "tinknkeyz". I've since changed the name of the computer, the user name, but under my C:/Users is still a "tinknkeyz" folder, which is where all my stuff is.

It did have a little padlock beside it, but I managed to remove that. I created another user w/admin privies, named "temp". I logged in safe mode under "temp" and went to right click on "tinknkeyz" to rename it, but it says it's in use. So I found out it's being used by explorer.exe

I went into safe mode, brought up command prompt window, went to task manager to stop the explorer.exe process - went back to DOS window & typed REN C:\Users\tinknkeyz NoeBodyJones and it keeps telling me "access denied". :cry

Any further help? I really, really, really want this renamed!! Thanks!
 

Answer:How to rename Windows 7 user name

The only way out of this is to create a new user account, otherwise you will find the old name popping up in some context even though you think you have changed it somewhere else. Make sure your personal files are shared and you shouldn't have too much difficulty.
 

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Hello.

I guess since i installed windows 10 using my microsoft account, my user folder got named after my microsoft mail, or some part of it anyway. So am wondering if it's possible to rename the user folder somehow?

Answer:Rename user folder?

Originally Posted by Nitrius


Hello.

I guess since i installed windows 10 using my microsoft account, my user folder got named after my microsoft mail, or some part of it anyway. So am wondering if it's possible to rename the user folder somehow?



Not really. Once its created, there are so many registry entries that point to it, it is basically impossible to change. You can always create a new local account with the name you want, then associate it with your MS account.

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Hi there
The numpty who set up my computer has named the user profile as c:\users\Brendan Miller'
I want to get rid of the ' thingy so can I just rename this folder?
This folder has been in use for some time so has over 6GB of stuff in it.

Answer:Wish to rename user profile

Hello Brendan,

I am sorry, there is no way to rename a user account. You will need to create a new Administrator account, and copy your data over.

Sure stinks it is so inconvenient just to remove one character!

Hope this helps,
~Jonathan

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Okay, so here is the story, I got a computer, installed windows 7 then decided to gift it to my girlfriend, my problem, i have her all set up, with themes, backgrounds, settings, and the computer is all hers, except my c:/users/NAME is still DAMIEN!!!! tho her account is Maddie, how do i get it to change from Damien to maddie in c:/users/

thanx for the help everyone.

Answer:Help me rename my user folder please

Just create a new account called "Maddie" and transfer the theme to her account.

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Hey,

I have a question about a user rename. When I rename the user, there login name is going to change. So, naturally a new user profile is going to be created for the user. I thought it would be simple to just backup the users docs, favs etc... and then copy over to the new profile. Apparently, its much more complicated. This is what I was instructed to do but... I don't know why (thats where the helps is needed).

First is to rename the user, reboot, and have them login. Then use windows tool to copy there old profile to the new one. Then I must go through the registry and do a search on the old username and replace it with the new... There are hundreds if not thousands of entries found. This will take forever. I asked if I can simply export the reg file, do a find and replace in txt editor, and then import it back. Said it wouldn't work because of the multi-value strings.... Now there's my confusion... What makes this so important? Why can't I just do a find and replace? He said something about it corrupting applications and such but... It's a bit foggy to me. Is there any clarification to this? Thanks all!

Answer:User Rename Question

Create the new user, reboot and have the user log into the new profile. Log out as user and log in as Administrator. Go to C:\Documents and Settings and copy the Desktop, Favorites, and My Documents from the old profile and paste them into the new profile. If they use Outlook for Email copy the .pst file as well. Log out as Admin, log in as new user. Your done. Or you can do it the Microsoft Way

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Hello,
it's not much of an issue just a personal preference, however how would I go about to changing my user folder name?

Thanks.

Answer:Rename user folder?

You won't be able to change the folder named Users. It is a system folder, like Windows, Programs, etc.

If you are speaking about changing the name of the folder Just beneath Users, i.e. <your user name>, this can be done by creating a new user account with the name you want and when you have it configured the way you desire, delete the old user account.

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Well! Any one can help to change the user folder name? I have changed the User Account Name from Contril Panle From 'ABCD' to 'XYZ'... But C:\Users\'ABCD'(User folder) is remaining with the same name. Any tips to change it to 'XYZ'?

Answer:Rename User Folder!!!

Have you restarted the computer yet?

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On Windows XP Pro SP1. I have a user who got married. How can I rename her Windows identity without losing settings?

My main worry - We use WordPerfect 2002 and it is extremely sensitive to security settings and profiles, i.e., we could not make images of these workstations with WordPerfect already installed. It had to be installed on each machine after the image was applied. Corel creates a user profile under HKCU | Software and I don't want to lose that because it will cause her to laccess to her Corel address book.

Thanks,
 

Answer:how to rename user who got married

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Answer:How do I Rename a User Profile?

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Hello,

By default, when adding hotmail accounts on Outlook using EAS, the account got added with FULL HOTMAIL NAME:
[email protected]

There was a process by which the left pane of Outlook showed any Name that user wanted.

Now with reconnecting Hotmail account in Outlook (going to Exchange), the same situation of FULL HOTMAIL NAME in the left panel has come up.

The older process (with EAS) does not work.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Answer:How to rename Hotmail account after reconnecting on Outlook 2013

When you say old process were you connecting to "Hotmail" as a POP account?

Mine shows exactly as yours does but even before I did the reconnect it showed that way.

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good day experts!

my problem is that i cannot rename the administrator in user accounts.
i already logged in as admin. but there is no option to rename.
need your help. i'm using win xp pro w/ sp2.
 

Answer:cannot rename administrator in user accounts

From what I recall of oddities of XP, you can only delete your original account name and then establish a new one with whatever name you want. Additionally, you can create a new account with admin rights without deleting your original account by creating a new account. A while ago i had to delete the original account to make another one and it saved all my files in a shared folder for access.
 

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My computer came pre-configured from the manufacturer (Digital Storm, though that isn't relevant) and they assumed that the name of the default, admin account would be the name of the purchaser (my father). Since it's -my- computer, I would prefer to have it in my name.

This same problem happened in reverse with my old computer, which he's taking. The user folder is named after me, though I'm sure he'd prefer it named after him.

The name of the account I've changed to my name, but the path to my documents is still C:\Users\***\etc where *** is my father's name. I'd like to change it to C:\Users\****\etc, **** being my name.

Both of these are on Vista, the new computer on 64-bit and the old computer on 32-bit.

I have already changed the name of the user account as appropriate, but the folder itself retains that name for some reason. In the Vista folder view, it's **** -> Documents, but when I right click to edit the address, it shows as \Users\***\Documents.

Did I overlook a setting somewhere? It's more annoying than an actual problem, so if I have to do something drastic to change it, I won't bother, but if I just overlooked something, that'd be real helpful...Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: Rename the user folder

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While my request in the thread Is it advisable/useful to have a second (full) Administrator account? was successfully handled, I now have this situation which I consider appropriate to mention in a new thread.
Basically, I would like to rename the "new user" folder of the local Administrator account directory that was created in C:\users\. The account name is shown correctly elsewhere, the only exception being the specific directory (please note that the phrase "new user" is shown here for illustration purposes only).
I searched and found this thread, User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums, but it applies to Windows 7. Would it be safe to try it in Windows 10? What precautions should I take?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD E-450 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 20 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3686 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6320 Graphics, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 465640 MB, Free - 348392 MB; D: Total - 11196 MB, Free - 1055 MB; G: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 572463 MB; J: Total - 953667 MB, Free - 528307 MB; L: Total - 152617 MB, Free - 150245 MB;
Motherboard: PEGATRON CORPORATION, 2AD1
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

I am not sure if this is the right forum
I have two users on my computer both administrators. I want to "change the name" of one user.
I know a while back I read that the simplest was to create a new user/administrator then using a windows 7 utility/option coy ALL (not using the copy command) the information over from the old user to the new user make sure that every thing is OK then delete the old user. The problem is A) I don't remember where I saw it and B) I can't find using Google search how to do it
Can anybody help?
 

Answer:Rename user/admistrator name and folder

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I just got my Sony tablet back from repair through the Microsoft store. In fact, it is a replacement unit, so the system is completely fresh. However they didn't use my preferred user name. The profile is located at C:\Users\Stephen, while I prefer C:\Users\Steve. Renaming the local account from Stephen to Steve didn't change the profile folder name.

What's the best way to fix this?

Answer:Rename user profile folder?

Hello Steve,

The best and safest way to do this would be to create yourself a new account named Steve to use instead, and delete the old account later while signed in to the new one.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I missed a letter when I was setting up my system. As a result, the user file and other things such as the designation in command prompt are not spelled correctly. I've attempted to follow steps to rename my user account or other such online guides, but this only allows me to modify the name of my account on the system rather than the designation I made the mistake in.

Answer:Rename User Designation/File Windows 10

I guess your question is 'how do I rename my user profile folder?'

There's no easy simple or completely safe way to change that.
You will find a number of threads on this forum on this topic.

Your best approach is to create a new user account.

You will find some guides on doing this on the internet- if you attempt that make sure you have adequate disk image backups (e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) - we strongly and repeatedly recommend the routine use of disk imaging).

How To Change A Windows Account Name And User Profile Folder Name - gHacks Tech News
How to Rename User Profile Directory in Windows 10, 8 and 7 | Password Recovery

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My computer was set up by a friend and they used my complete name when setting up Vista. For privacy reasons I would like to change this , removing/rennaming. my name from what used to be called the "my Documents" folder in win XP. Any ideas on how this could be accomplished....Regedit perhaps??

Answer:how to rename the "user named"folder in Vista

create a new account, and perform the following: Fix a corrupted user profile then delete the old account.

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Here is my problem :

I have 4 pc's with Windows 8 Pro ,all in one home group , all the pc's have reserved IP's from my router.

from 192.168.1.4 - 192.168.1.7 .I want to say that i don't have any problems accessing the pc's each other but the problem comes when i try to change the User account name on one of them ,then i cant access this pc anymore no matter what I enter in the fields when it ask me before I try to access a share on it .

For example : 192.168.1.7 has Old user - User1 and i perfectly access any of the shares by the run - \\192.168.1.7 but as soon as I change the name of the account to User2 and try to enter by \\192.168.1.7 and user - User2 + same password I get the login screen redisplayed and asking me to correct either the user or the password which is obviously correct.

I have noticed that : C:\Users\User1 is not changed to C:\Users\User2 ,could that be the problem ?? I also played with the security options of any of the shared folders but no any luck again.

Can someone help me to find the cause of this and successfully change the account with my new user and enter my shares with no problem .

Thank you in Advance

Answer:Win 8 pc user change | Cant rename C:\Users |connect by IP

Hi,
i think that is the problem because your PC may not have Administrator acsess to change the username.Did you logged in with the admin account??.Or you have to turn homegroup off edit the username and turn it on again.Did you tried that?

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how to rename "the user name or password incorrect" ?http://s14.postimage.org/qjqh5q8y7/...

Answer:How to rename the user name or password is incorrect error

You cannot rename that text as it is part of the Windows OS. What would you want to rename it to anyways? -----IT Desktop & Network Consultant - MOS Master Certified, MCP, MCSA, MCITP - Windows 7, CCNA Certificate Pending, A+, Network +::geek::

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Dear All,

My friend has Win 8 64-bit installed via his assembler.

In his C: drive (OS drive)..it shows as C:\User\Home..unlike mine one which is C:\User\Troy <my name>

He wants his user name to replace the "Home" user.

Please guide how to achieve this and hope this will not impact the already installed progs?

Thanks,
Troy.

Answer:Rename "Home" user to actual user name..how to?

Hello Troy,

If he only wants to have the displayed user name changed, then the tutorial below can help show him how to. This will not change the name of his "C:\Users\Home" user profile folder though.
User Account Name - Change in Windows 8
If he wants to also change the name of his user profile folder, then the best option would be to add a new administrator account for himself with the name he waned. After he signs in to the new account, he could copy what he wanted from the old account and delete it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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So we recently upgraded our server at work and moved to a domain from a workgroup. I migrated all the existing local user accounts to be associated with the new domain accounts which is all well and good, but the local profile folder is still named the same as the old local user account. Is there an easy way to change this to be the same as the new domain account? Or do I have to create a new local account with the correct name, copy the old profile data and then reassociate that profile with the new domain account?
 

Answer:Easiest way to rename a local profile folder to match new domain account?

http://www.forensit.com/domain-migration.html
 

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A user logs onto a network drive and can't see any of the .xls files. I have logged on as another user and as administrator on the server the drive is on and the files are there.

The weird bit is if you rename the file, the renamed file appears on the users network drive again :S

Can anybody help?

Cheers
 

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I just renamed my PC and would like to rename the default user folder to match the name.  Is there an easy way to do so?  There is no option to rename the folder.  Please advise.  This is causing conflicts with my printing/scanning
ability through our network.
Thanks.

Answer:How to rename a default user directory after changing computer name?

Hi,
 
You can change your user name, but it is hard to change the user profile folder name. If you want to change it indeed, I suggest you could create a new user profile
to match your computer name.
 
Alex Zhao
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deny delete permission for user and rename file windows xp sp2

Answer:deny file delete & rename permission for user

... and the question is?

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I'm the only user on this laptop and my admin account was called "HybridPC" and I disabled the windows login screen. (Turn computer on and goes right to desktop). One day the welcome screen popped up out of nowhere and I had to login. I tried disabling the login screen to where it was before and now I've screwed things up royally. I cannot login to my original admin account or find it. All the files are still there on my C:\Users\HybridPC folder, but I've lost the profile and user.
I think I messed things up further by trying to create/delete other new user accounts. I've attached 3 screenshots showing my C:users folder, User account screen and the netplwiz.exe profiles.

I've been adding/deleting and can't get back to square one. I don't see my user at all on the welcome screen.
Thanks for your help!

Top User Folder is new today and odd looking as I was attempting to fix on my own.

Answer:User Profile/Account problem (can't login to original admin account)

Hello tytlyf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Let's start to see if you disabled or deleted your "HybridPC" by using the tutorial below to get details about all accounts on your computer while you are logged in to your "Admin" account, then post back with them. Afterwards, we can go from there.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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I have a local user account that comes up as the default user when Windows10 boots up that I would like to remove.

I have tried the usual user modification menus but this account does not show up. It is annoying to have to go through this false log in every time I start the computer.

Help?

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I have a local user account that comes up as the default user when Windows10 boots up that I would like to remove.

I have tried the usual user modification menus but this account does not show up. It is annoying to have to go through this false log in every time I start the computer.

Help?

Answer:Delete local user account or change default account on start up

Press WIN + R keys to open the Run. Type netplwiz and hit Enter. From there you can select your account and click Delete.

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

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Hey, I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on my HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop and I need help getting my Standard user account back to Administrator. I can't run certain programs and I also can't install and uninstall anything. I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restore. I have already tried Safe Mode and I can't enable and built in admin either. Please help me! Thank you!

Answer:How can I put my Standard user account back to Administrator when the ASP.NET Machine account is admin?

How are you trying to change the type of account?I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restoreDo you mean System Restore? If you are, you don't need the installation disk to do this.To use System Restore click on the start orb. In the search box type in System Restore. In the list of results click on System Restore, if you are prompted for an administrator password type it in.Follow the prompts to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?
HMK

Answer:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7

Hi,

Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
account.)
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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I have a set of folder I encrypted from my user account. I haven't figured out how to access them from my admin account.

In reverse, while logged on my admin account, I droppped some files into folder encrypted by my user account. I can't access those files when I log on as a user.

How can I get access to all my encrypted files regardless of which logon I use?

Answer:Access my user account encrypted files from my admin account?

Umm...if you could access encrypted files from another user that would remove the whole point of encrypting the files to begin with.

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Hi, does anyone know what happens if I mistakenly deleted a user account?

When I open my computer, then right click on the "This pc" there is a option called "Manage". Then under manage, there are user accounts. I mistakenly deleted the "Administrators" group from my current account. Only left is standard user group.

The admin account is password protected and I have the password. Is it possible to log into the admin account and change promote back my current account?

I did try to right click "manage", but I get this window (attached file) with no place to put the password. That is slightly annoying. I was trying to reassign myself back in the admin group.

I was thinking of making an account which can modify all items, such adding hardware and items under "Device manager" etc but just limit to not being able to just make a new admin full access account. Seems that deleting the admin solves the not being able to make a new account, but in the process I'm locked out from the admin settings.

Is it possible to create a super-user account just limiting not being able to make new user accounts and have access to all such as device manager? It would be nice to not have to log into admin account just to check newly installed hardware.

Currently, on standard user, I am unable to go to "device manager" and other admin based stuff (with that admin shield logo).

Thanks

Answer:Accidentaly changed admin account to standard user account

From desktop, hold CTRL+ALT then press DEL keyClick on Switch UserType: Administrator and enter the passwordOnce you are in, Win+X->Command Prompt(Admin)Type: net localgroup administrators username /add <======== replace username with your namesign out and sign back in with your name.

NOTE: In step 3, I Assume that you have the built in Admin turned on and you said you have the password.

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The issue is as follows:
After update to Windows 10 PC from Windows 7, I am unable to sign with Microsoft account (under User settings under main settings). None of the sign in option are working, Neither under "Your account" nor under "Family and other user".
on clicking on "Sign in with a Microsoft account instead", nothing happens. Neither any pop up nor another page comes for asking Microsoft login. Same problem is with Microsoft Store. when I click on "sign in", next page doesn't come for asking login credentials. I am not able to download any app from Microsoft store since I am not logged in.
There is only one Local account administrator, and no new account is getting added.
Please suggest.
Thanks
Shobhit Jain

Answer:Microsoft account Sign in option under user account is not working, what should I do?

can any one help with this issue??

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Hi,
In our company, there are few computers where we can access only limited user accounts. I went to control panel >> user accounts >>...it shows the only limited user account name like "xyz". It doesn't show us any administrator account names, why is it so? And how I can make it happen in my personal computer?

Answer:xp shows only limited account name in user account control panel

Because you are logged in as a Limited User, so you can't make changes to the computer. Speak with your Network Administrator at your company.
At the log in screen hit CTRL+ALT+DEL 3 times fast. This will give you the traditional Windows Log In Screen. If you have the Built In Administrator accounts password, you can log in as Administrator and create a new Admin user account.

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I was having some trouble with a newly installed program failing to run. Their tech support had me create a new user account (start, control panel, user accounts, create new account). I did not realize that creating a new administrator user account by following their instructions would make the original Administrator user account inaccessible. I dug through folders and found my documents and made sure they were all on my expansion drive. Now, I want my account back. Otherwise, I have to set up my entire computer again. The thought of this makes me turn into a velociraptor who wants to destroy the tech support that told me to do this.

As of right now, I have not internet connection on my computer. I tried searching forums from my phone, but it was extremely difficult (not the best phone). If this topic already exists and I just could not find it, please accept my apologies for the duplicate and post a link. Thanks!

Answer:Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

I just remembered that I could CTL ALT DELETE twice at the Welcome screen to get to the logon and type in Administrator. I haven't used it in years, so it did not occur to me. I am now in my administrator user account. If I delete the new user account, will it go back to the way it was before? Or will I screw something else up by doing that?

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Hi guys, just the title of the thread pretty much says it all.
want to create a really limited user account for the kids of the house. I already have a user account, and have tried to set up a limited one through control panel. But that asks me to first create an Administer Account, which i already have. So it would be pointless if i had two Administer Accounts showing up on the welcome screen.
Also i'm kind of a novice at this, but i am keen to learn. so help with privacy and parental control would be appreciated.

Thanks
 

Answer:Creating a Limited User Account without having the create an Adminster Account first.

log off your user account and login as administrator,to get admin acc. ctrl_alt_del do it twice, if the admin one is not seen then login create the user account and edit the permissions
 

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So this is probably the strangest problem I have ever encountered with Windows 7. About two or three months ago, I noticed that my user account had suddenly changed into a guest account. I get prompted for an administrator password when trying to do any tasks that require administrator privilege. It is not a huge hassle, as I know the administrator account password.

Here is where it becomes very strange. When I turn my computer on, it automatically logs me into my user account (the guest account). When I got into the user accounts section of the control panel and try to manage user accounts, it shows exactly zero user accounts on my computer. Also, when I try to change my user account (the guest account) to an administrator account, precisely nothing happens.

It gets evens stranger. When I log out of Windows, the only user account I can pick from, to log back into Windows, is the generic "Administrator" account. My user account is nowhere to be found. When I go to the control panel and try to manage accounts, only the administrator account is listed. There is an option turn on a generic guest account, but nothing related to my original user account is shown. Again, this is in contrast to when I am logged into my user account (the guest account), and see exactly zero user accounts listed on the manage accounts screen.

I feel that I am pretty good at avoiding bad websites, and I do have an antivirus program installed (not that that will prevent my ... Read more

Answer:User account changed into a guest account, how can I change it back

Hi and welcome to the Forum
When you refer to the generic Administrator Account do you mean the Account that is hidden in Windows 7? If so did you activate it using this:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable If you did the above then this is strange as forgetting the "Hidden admin account you must have at least one ordinary Admin account in Windows 7. You can't operate the system without one!!

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It used to be not connected to any email account but when it updated to 8.1 I chose to get an email address for it, so now as a result, the password has to be 8 characters long and I have to use a PIN number , but that's still 4 characters, and I usually use one character password.

So how do I go back to the normal type of user account to use the 1 character password?

Answer:My user account changed to an hotmail-email account connec

Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8

Local Account Password - Change or Remove in Windows 8

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My mom is running xp.
She had 2 accounts, one called administrator, the other called guest.

I created a new account for myself to day, made it an admin account and now the one she was using, called administrator will not let us access it. All of her files and stuff are in that account.

When we start up the computer, it only shows mine and the guest account.
HELP please!
How can I re-access it? VERY VERY important I be able to recover this for her.
Thanks for your help!
 

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If I login to the administrator account to make changes, I naturally want any changes I make to appear in the standard user account since that is the one I am making changes for. Does this happen automatically or do I have to do something special to make sure it always works that way?

Answer:User admin account to make changes that show up in standard account?

You are correct - only a moron or someone who didn't care about security would run as part of the administrator group all the time. Lots of people do but that is their prerogative.

You say changes (what changes you do not say) are not copied from one user account to another. This is obvious. That is the point in having separate accounts. If user account A has authority to do something does that mean users account B-Z should as well? The obvious answer would be no.

Give an example of your issue as at the moment it seems you are just not understanding the difference between group and user level security.

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Hello everybody,

I have realized that all the laptops I installed Windows 10 in the last year (several family laptops) are running with Microsoft-Accounts which are Admin-Accounts. Now I read that this is a serious security issue. I would like to change these MS-Admin-Accounts into MS-Limited-User-Accounts?

But how?

And next question: Should I set up for every laptop then a local admin-account?

Thanks a lot for your help.

Hutson

Answer:Windows 10: How change account from admin into limited user account?

As long as you have not disabled UAC, User Account Control, or invoked the hidden full administrator, then your users are actually running as standard users and will be prompted before performing any Admin level tasks - you can if you wish create a standard user on each of the systems in addition to the administrator, but this will not provide much better security and is likely to generate complaints from the users as they will have to set-up the accounts again to how they want them.

If you have any youngsters that you wish to protect further there is Microsoft Family Safety as an option

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After creating a second administrater user account with an existing MS account, the new desktop starts with Dock display of short cuts including Edge, Trash etc. Could find no refference to this display.

After I sign off from the new account, I signed in to my original account and found several Desktop shortcut icons gone.
Even the program DesktopOK 4, which restores previous desktop icons, would not work. It has worked before on W10.
Have done warm and cold reboots to no avail. I have repeated this operation after running Restore Point and had the same result.

How can I create a new account to be a mirror of my primary account (all settings and desktop duplicated)?
How do I keep this creation from affecting my original account Desktop?

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I've just returned home after being away for 2 weeks, and something has happened to my PC while I was away.
While booting up, it tried to perform a disk check but failed as it 'could not access' the main drive. So it dropped me straight into my usual user account loin page. After entering my password it took a very long time to load my profile, then ended up giving me a generic user account.
All of the files from my actual account are still under the 'Users' folder, but this account itself is empty. It has the right name, but this account's documents folder is just called Public.
About half the desktop icons and the entire contents of the recycle bin have been retained from the old account.
Thanks in advance for any advice.

Answer:Personal user account replaced by generic public account

Did it come up with an error that said you were being logged on with a temporary profile?

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.

Thanks

Answer:Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

Hello,

Right click Computer and click manage. On the left hand side there will be local users and groups. Go to the Administrators group and just confirm that the Owner account is in there?
Dave

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I have two accounts on my XP laptop. I have the Administrator account and a regular
User account. I had to do some administrative work with my User account so I logged
in as the Administrator, changed my User account to an Administrator account, went
and did my work.

I then logged back in as Administrator and tried to change my User account back to
a normal user account, but it wouldn't let me telling me that I have to have at least
1 Administrator account for me to be able to do this. I'm not sure why it's telling
me that because I still have my Administrator account.

I logged in as Administrator, then went into Control Panel, and then User Accounts.
Then I clicked on "Change An Account". Then I clicked on "User1". Then I clicked
on "Change My Account Type". But then on this page, the "Limited" radio button is
grayed out and I cannot change it, and above it, it says, "You must assign another
user on this computer with a computer administrator account before you can change
this user's account type. This ensures that there is always at least one user with
a computer administrator account on this computer."

Don't know why I'm getting this seeing as how I'm logged in as Administrator.

Answer:Problems Changing Administrator Account To Normal User Account?

Nevermind. I figured out how to fix it. Instead of going through Control Panel->User Accounts, I go to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management, and I'm able to make the change through there. Not sure why one method works and the other doesn't, but it does!

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I am running build 14291 of 10 and noticed this today. I have no idea if it was in any earlier builds. It seems like a pretty nice idea- restricting that account to only accessing one web page. I tried to test it out, but I cannot select an account to have 'secure assessment'.
Any one know what this is, and if it is a new feature, or something I'm missing in the setup?
I thought it could be very nice for digital signage, or registration kiosks or something.

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Hello everybody,

I have realized that all the laptops I installed Windows 10 in the last year (several family laptops) are running with Microsoft-Accounts which are Admin-Accounts. Now I read that this is a serious security issue. I would like to change these MS-Admin-Accounts into MS-Limited-User-Accounts?

But how?

And next question: Should I set up for every laptop then a local admin-account?

Thanks a lot for your help.

Hutson

Answer:Windows 10: How change account from admin into limited user account?

As long as you have not disabled UAC, User Account Control, or invoked the hidden full administrator, then your users are actually running as standard users and will be prompted before performing any Admin level tasks - you can if you wish create a standard user on each of the systems in addition to the administrator, but this will not provide much better security and is likely to generate complaints from the users as they will have to set-up the accounts again to how they want them.

If you have any youngsters that you wish to protect further there is Microsoft Family Safety as an option

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HELP!!! I've accidentally had Control Alt Delete on my Logon Screen. And from my laptop, I couldn't type it in with my keyboard, so I have to use Ease of Access and use the On-screen Keyboard. From there, it had a "Other User" Account which asks for a username and password, which I don't have because THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I've encountered an "Other User" Account.

I don't know how to retrieve my administrator account. I've been guessing several usernames and passwords for the "Other User" account (even my admin. username and password) but no luck.

PLEASE HELP!! IM REALLY DESPERATE.

Here's what my logon screen currently looks like:

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Answer:How do I disable Other User Account in Vista and retrieve Administrator account?

Hello, wow , i have never seen this before, here is an idea, couldn't hurt to try it : force a shutdown by pressing the power button, it will then shut down, Then restart it, it should go to the F8 screen automatically, see if you can enter into the restore or repair functions or last known working configuration. Just a thought. Post back results please.

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I have not found anything like my problem on any forum or thread. In my Administrator Account the Windows Store opens and I can install Apps. I expected those same Apps I just installed to appear in my User Account, they did not. Both my Admin and User accounts are Microsoft accounts.

In my User Account my Windows Store will not open (see image 1 below). I tried to use Command Prompt - Admin to run WSReset.exe (see image 2 below).
Then I tried to use a .bat file to re-register Windows Store (guess what? yeah see image 3 below).

I ran SFC /SCANNOW in both my Admin and USER accounts. No problems were found in either account. I noticed SFC ran in less than 30 minutes in my Admin account, but SFC took just over TWO HOURS to run in my User account.

My only idea at this point is to DELETE my User account and reinstall it. I thought I might reach out for other suggestions before doing that.

All replies are appreciated.

Answer:Problems in User Account, not appearing in Admin Account (store, sfc)

I should think you could delete it for it sounds corrupted.

User Account - Delete in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

User Account - Add in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I've just installed a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. By default the 'first' user account (as declared in windows setup), is set at administrator level.
I want to run this 'main' account as a standard user, but when I went to change this in account settings, the option to change the account to standard was greyed out.

I decided to enable the administrator account to change this (computer management/local users and groups, un-ticked 'account is disabled'). I logged on as administrator, then changed the main account to standard.

As the Administrator account is now 'enabled', it shows on the welcome screen. I don't want this.
I went back and disabled it (running computer management as admin, in the now standard account, and re-ticked 'account is disabled').
technically, this should be how it was before I touched it, except, the 'main' account is now at standard user level, rather than administrator level.

The problem i have now, is when trying to run anything on the standard account, that needs admin rights, i get the UAC box, asking to enter admin password (which is blank), but there is no 'administrator' icon or password field, and the 'yes' button is greyed out.

How can I have my main account as standard user, the administrator account not showing on welcome screen, but allowing it (admin) to authorise actions on the standard account that required admin rights via UAC? i.e when UAC comes up, I can cl... Read more

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I went out to eat something into the kitchen for abotu 15 minutes and I come back to see my computer on a non responsive black blank screen, I pop in my windows CD and for some reason it just decides to finish up an install.

Then windows (XP) and my user account is missing, it just loaded up a default admin account with my user name. But still the hard drive shows up as having all my info... Help anyone?
Thanks...

I just ran lavasoft and AVG this morning as well.

Answer:My User account is missing...Loads up a default admin account.. Help

My info is still on my HD in drive C/programs.. But I can't access it

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Hi Guys,

One of our staff PC has a problem, the scenarios:

Specs: (Alias Names)
-Company Name: Contoso
-Staff PC under Domain Alpha
-PC Name: Contoso1-PC
-Local Users are: administrators and john
-User profiles:
> operations (contoso domain)
> john (local)
> administrator (local)
-MS Outlook connected to [email protected]

Thursday:
IT
1. remove/uninstall chat messengers, blocked linkedin,facebook,twitter,youtube
2. change User Account Type (Local Staff John Doe) from User to Guest
3. I change the type from User Accounts > Properties > Group Membership > Others > Guest
4. shutdown the system

Friday

1. turn on the PC and staff asks for the correct username
2. provides the username, Contoso1-PC\john
3. staff login to his local account using his password

Saturday

1. staff called and his desktop files are gone and document files are gone
2. IT check the Users folder there are particular folders:
3. john and john.contoso1-pc
4. both folders empty
5. outlook not connected
6. account is totally FRESh
7. IT check on webmail under Domain Alpha, not working the usual password, webmail.contoso.com/owa
8. after an hour, the usual password works
9. IT tried to connect MS outlook 2003 using [email protected] not working saying "outlook.pst is not offline file"

PROBLEM:
1. files are gone
2. Totally FRESh account

I don't know what happen, guys please help, the FIles are gone.

Hoping your best solution.

THanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Changing User Account Type - User to Guest - File Deleted

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Hello!
I have a new PC and set up. I have (stupidly, not knowing what I was doing) changed from an Administrator to a Standard User. There are NO other Administrators set up on this PC! Now, there seems to be NO way to change back from Standard user to Administrator. Every solution I have come across needs an Administrator password and of course, I don;t have one because I am not signed in as an administrator! Does anyone know of a workable solution to this? I can't even do a system restore because of course, I need to be signed in as an Administrator! ANY assistance will be most gratefully received!

Answer:Change Standard User account to Administrator account???

Activate the built-in hidden super Administrator Account and then log into it and create an admin account.

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