want to change C:/Users/account_name

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Sep 24, 2011
  1. fst312
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    i noticed after 2 months i had a typo in the name i gave my laptop.sure i'm able to change the screen name but that doesn't change the C:/Users/account_name

    i read online just make a new administrator account and transfer all my files there than delete the other administrator account name.

    will right now i'm looking for a way to transfer all my data easily to another account name but i can't seem to find one.

    all i find is transfer files to a new computer.

    before i do anything will what trying to do really work or should i just do a clean install to my laptop.
     
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    As you said, make an account with Administrator access. Once into the new account, access C:\Users\*Old_Account_Name\ and then copy the folders (drag n' drop, copy/paste, ctrl+c/ctrl+v, etc) and plop then into C:\Users\*New_Account_Name*\

    Allow for explorer to overwright any existing files, wait for it to complete. Once done, make sure all files were copied over, then once you know all is where you want it, remove the old account from the Accounts section of Control Panel. When asked if you want to save the files to the current user account, say no, you already did that.

    If you really want to be safe, I would suggest plugging in either a flash drive, ext. HDD, or some other mass media device and backup all your important files, but as long as you follow my above instructions, you should be golden.

    If you need pictures of these steps, I will get it done.
     
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    I've never had to do this, but I would think you could just turn on View Hidden Files and Folders and copy everything from C:\Users\user_account to the different one. Keep in mind, I'm not sure if Windows loads any files from ALL accounts, which would prevent them from being overwritten, so you may need to do it from Safe Mode or from a Linux LiveCD.

    Granted, a fresh install would be better. It's damn good to do one of those once or twice a year. Especially on a laptop.
     
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    thanks for the quick reply.i'm going to make sure i make a backup of everything.

    i'll come back and post when i'm done with the transfer.
     
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    got what i needed done.i told you i would post sadly things like spybot ,oovoo , basically all programs i downloaded opened as if i just downloaded them.will no big deal atleast i got my c/user name the way i wanted it.
     
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    If preferences weren't saved then you didn't copy everything. There's a hidden folder for application data in there as well.
     
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    Make a new account and transfer your files over. Delete the old one.
     

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