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    Theodore Danger Guest

    Ghost User Account

    After recently recieving my computer from the manufacturer for repairs, I
    found that they had wiped my harddrive as part of the process and then when
    they reinstalled everything they created a user account called TEST. Since
    it was the only account I just used it when I got it back and started moving
    all my files back in. This is where I ran into my problem. I changed the
    name of the user account from TEST to Tuna, which is what it was named
    before. But I've found that it didn't change everything completely. In the
    start menu it says "Tuna" and when I clicked on it, it takes me to the folder
    with the documents, music, pictures, etc. And even in the address bar it
    said Tuna. However, under C:\Users, there is no Tuna folder, but there is a
    TEST folder. In the TEST folder I find all the same files and stuff from the
    Tuna folder. When I ping the accounts in the cmd window, I get normal
    results from Tuna but it can't find TEST. And when I try to run some
    programs such as Matlab, it gives me errors saying that it's looking for
    something in TEST and not finding it and other erros to that nature. So it
    appears that I have a little of both accounts in one. The question is how do
    I fix it.

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    Re: Ghost User Account

    Quote Originally Posted by Theodore Danger View Post
    After recently recieving my computer from the manufacturer for repairs, I
    found that they had wiped my harddrive as part of the process and then when
    they reinstalled everything they created a user account called TEST. Since
    it was the only account I just used it when I got it back and started moving
    all my files back in. This is where I ran into my problem. I changed the
    name of the user account from TEST to Tuna, which is what it was named
    before. But I've found that it didn't change everything completely. In the
    start menu it says "Tuna" and when I clicked on it, it takes me to the folder
    with the documents, music, pictures, etc. And even in the address bar it
    said Tuna. However, under C:\Users, there is no Tuna folder, but there is a
    TEST folder. In the TEST folder I find all the same files and stuff from the
    Tuna folder. When I ping the accounts in the cmd window, I get normal
    results from Tuna but it can't find TEST. And when I try to run some
    programs such as Matlab, it gives me errors saying that it's looking for
    something in TEST and not finding it and other erros to that nature. So it
    appears that I have a little of both accounts in one. The question is how do
    I fix it.
    Hi Theodore,

    You still only have just the one "C:\Users\TEST" account, but with "Tuna" as a partial rename from "User Accounts" that can cause the problems you are getting. You will need to go back and rename the account back to "TEST" to stop the errors. The "C:\Users\user name" folder can not be renamed. Instead, a new user account must be created first, then delete the old "TEST" account from within the new one.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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