Solved Change User name

Kasim

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Hello, I have just bought a second hand laptop (once again!). I have changed the user name on it to my name (kasim). But the problem is that when i go to Computer and then Users, the user name is still the same as before. The only settings that are on my name is the start menu. Can u please help me change the user name in every setting.

Thanks!

All the settings are the same on this laptop. (Windows Vista, Home Premium etc.)
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Kasim,

When you change your user account name through "User Accounts" in the Control Panel, it only changes the name that is display at log on and in the Start Menu. It will not change the C:\Users\(User-name) folder's original name.

The only way to do this is to create a new account of the same type (administrator or standard), copy the files in all of your old account's C:\Users\(User-name) folder into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(User-name) folders. After everything checks out ok in the new account, you can then delete the old account from within the new one.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Kasim

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Thank you very much, this solution worked perfectly.
 

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Brink

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mvp
You're most welcome Kasim. :)
 

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Hello Kasim,

When you change your user account name through "User Accounts" in the Control Panel, it only changes the name that is display at log on and in the Start Menu. It will not change the C:\Users\(User-name) folder's original name.

The only way to do this is to create a new account of the same type (administrator or standard), copy the files in all of your old account's C:\Users\(User-name) folder into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(User-name) folders. After everything checks out ok in the new account, you can then delete the old account from within the new one.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hi,
what if my correct user name is still there (browsing C:\users with DOS), log on and start menu are fine, but when I browse c:\users with windows explorer, it shows me a different name?
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Mario, and welcome to Vista Forums.

While it would be best to create a new user account for yourself with the name you want to have the correct name for your "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder, you could also use the tutorial below to properly change the user profile folder name.

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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    Lumia 1520 phone
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Thanks Shawn, but the solution you've given me doesn't address my real problem: probably I was not clear enough with my explanation...
Ok, here I try again: my username is just fine, if I access C:\Users under DOS it shows the right name (e.g. C:\Users\Mario; when I log in it shows the correct name (e.g. Mario). The problem is when I use explorer under windows and I go to C:\Users, it does not show the correct name (e.g. Mario), but another one (e.g. Documents); if I ask for the address in the upper bar it comes back with the correct name and path (e.g. C:\Users\Mario).
How can I change the name shown in explorer? When I am logged in windows does not allow me even to have the "rename" option; if I log in with another administrator account windows shows me the "rename" option, but when I use it it doesn't save the changes and goes back to the wrong name (e.g. Documents)...

P.S.: and I can't create another user profile because C:\Users\Mario is already there, so I should create a C:\Users\Mario2, transfer everything there, cancel C:\Users\Mario, then create again C:\Users\Mario and transfer everything where it was originally!
 

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Brink

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mvp
That's correct.

With user accounts, you have two names. One is the "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder name, and the other is the displayed user name set in User Accounts (Control Panel). These are the same when the user account is first created. When the user name is changed from "User Accounts" in the Control Panel, it only changes display name and not the profile folder name.

It shows the display name in DOS since that it what is referenced in the registry, but in Windows, the "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder will always show the name it originally had unless you use the tutorial above to change it.
 

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Too bad the tutorial is of no-use: the username is already correct. The "change username" function in the control panel is of no use as well: the username is already correct. What is wrong is the name of the folder that explorer shows on the left panel and in the top bar. In the left pic you can see the two places where the wrong name appears. In the right pic you can see the correct name, just by calling up the address path. How can I change "Documents" in "Paolo" in the folder?
 

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Brink

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mvp
In that case, here's what you can do if you like:

  1. Enable and log into the built-in Administrator account.
  2. Log out of the "Paolo 2" account, and log in to the built-in Administrator account.
  3. Copy anything you want (ex: shortcuts) from the "Paolo 2" account to the built-in Administrator account.
  4. Delete the "Paolo 2" account.
  5. Create a new "Mario" administrator account.
  6. "Switch users" to the new "Mario" account to let it get set up.
  7. Log out of the "Mario" account, and log back into the built-in Administrator account.
  8. Copy all of your shortcuts and such into the "Mario" account.
  9. When finished, log out of the built-in Administrator account.
  10. Log in to the "Mario" account, and disable the built-in Administrator account.

You're good to go now.
 
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
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    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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Brink

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mvp

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
Then I
In that case, here's what you can do if you like:

  1. Enable and log into the built-in Administrator account.
  2. Log out of the "Paolo 2" account, and log in to the built-in Administrator account.
  3. Copy anything you want (ex: shortcuts) from the "Paolo 2" account to the built-in Administrator account.
  4. Delete the "Paolo 2" account.
  5. Create a new "Mario" administrator account.
  6. "Switch users" to the new "Mario" account to let it get set up.
  7. Log out of the "Mario" account, and log back into the built-in Administrator account.
  8. Copy all of your shortcuts and such into the "Mario" account.
  9. When finished, log out of the built-in Administrator account.
  10. Log in to the "Mario" account, and disable the built-in Administrator account.

You're good to go now.

I made it!
I logged in as built-in administrator and I was able to change the name of the folder. As I said the problem was only the folder as it was read by windows explorer, not the "original" folder neither the account itself.
After that I had to restore a couple of missing personal folders, but I managed to do everything without creating another account, deleting the old one and creating it again, copying everthing twice (it would have been painful...).
The cause of the problem was a bad location movement of the documents and pictures folder from a partition on the same disk to the main partition.
Brink, even if you didn't address the problem perfectly, your suggestions were determinant in finding the solution that was best for me. Thank you very much and thanks to the other guys that posted pieces of advice on how to restore personal folders!
 
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Brink

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mvp
That's great news Mario. Thank you for posting back with your results and solution. :)
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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