change my login screen name

February 21, 2013 at 15:16:28
Specs: Windows 7

I have an old notebook from my ex school, how do I change the log on screen name? it still comes up with my school name/my name. If I remove it from the domain all my my desktop icons mostly dissapear, when I do system restore they all come back, is there a way to just change the log on name as I dont want to see it everytime I log in

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February 21, 2013 at 16:11:15

If you are wanting to completely change the login name and you are no longer needing the laptop to be domain joined, right click on "My Computer" and hit properties. Hit "change advanced settings" on the left and with the "System Properties" box that comes up, hit the computer name tab. If your laptop is domain joined, it will have the domain in there. To remove it, click the "Change" button and click the workgroup radio button and type in "MSHOME" and reboot. You should be all good from there.

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
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February 21, 2013 at 18:09:38

Hi Jonas, Thanks for your reply, when I go to that section the domain is my old school cccc.vic.and so on. I know this is a dumb question but you are saying if I type in MSNHOME in the workgroup then reboot, everything will be okay? all of my desktop icons will remain the same?

When I have gone there before I have just typed in workgroup, after rebooting only a couple of my desktop items remain, so I have had to do system restore to get them back.

Hope my details are understanable,

Thanks again, Rodney

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February 25, 2013 at 15:52:45

Hi Rodney,

Yes, doing what I suggested will just take the machine off the domain. You will still be able to keep your things assuming your domain doesn't have roaming profiles. But either way, your data will be cached, so you should be okay once you do this. But yes, all of your icons, etc should stay the same.

I don't understand your second paragraph.. you have done what I suggested before and some of your desktop icons have disappeared?

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
Serving the South Bay Since 1999

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March 1, 2013 at 20:17:20

Hi Jonas, Thanks gain for your reply, no when I have gone there before I have typed in workgroup, as yet I have not tried the MSHOME as you suggested, I just wanted to check before I went ahead with your solution.

Regarsd Rodney

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March 13, 2013 at 17:01:27

Sorry about the long delay in my response.

As long as you specify something in the workgroup option, it will take it off the domain and you will be able to edit the profile from there. It doesn't have to be MSHOME, but that's what most computers come stock with when they aren't on a domain.

As mentioned previously, all that information is cached onto the computer, so even if you take it off the domain, as long as the domain isn't setup for using roaming profiles, you should be fine.

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
Serving the South Bay Since 1999

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March 31, 2013 at 20:59:41

HI Jonas, Thanks for your reply. Yes after I have typed in MSNHOME in the domain and restarted my notebook, I have about 6 icons on my desktop as apposed to about 25, some of which are shortcuts, if I do system restore they all go back to normal. It looks as though I will have to leave it on my old school domain??? any suggestions. Regards Rodney

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