Name change

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
April 15, 2009 at 03:16:57
Specs: WinXP Pro, 2.2Ghz; 512Mb
Quite some time ago, I 'inherited' a pre-used PC. I used and customised it extensively. Having put up with the wrong username for a long time, I decided to change it.
I succesfully changed the name of the previous owner, Dave, to Joe, for 'Registered to' in Properties of My Computer.
Also in Properties of My Computer, I used 'Manage' to successfully change the name above Start and on the Welcome screen.
There was still a 'Dave' in Documents and Settings which resisted change on the grounds that is was a system file.
Having booted to Safe Mode, and entered the Administrator account, I used 'Registry Find and Replace' software to change all instances of Dave to Joe in the Registry.
Still as Administrator and still in Safe Mode, I could now change Dave to Joe in Documents and Settings.
However, the PC rebooted to a NEW default account ostensibly called Joe, but shown in Document and Settings as Joe.Generic and containing none of Dave's Documents or Settings.
That information was still in a folder called Dave, from which it could NOT be CUT and pasted elsewhere, not even to Shared Documents.
However it could be COPIED and pasted there, but since that doubled the occupied space, the HDD was not large enough to accomodate two lots of data.
Files and Settings Transfer Wizard is unsuitable for copying between internal accounts as it requires two PCs and a serial port connection.
If I log-off and try to Switch Users, the Dave account is not listed there for booting into, although there is an inactive Guest account.
If I boot to Safe Mode, there is an Administrator's and the 'empty' Joe's account.
I would like to be able to boot into a default account called Joe which contains my old data, and to delete the superfluous account. (How) is this possible ?

Basty


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#1
April 15, 2009 at 03:19:32
p.s. I've done this on a clone of the HDD, so I can reclone and go right back to square one, and do it differently.

Basty


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#2
April 15, 2009 at 05:19:29
Maybe this does what you want ?? --
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile

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#3
April 15, 2009 at 08:29:50
If "Dave" is the default account name when Windows was first installed, there is no way you can delete or change it from the Documents & Settings folder - except by reinstalling Windows. This is by design. Read the following M$ article.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283111

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#4
April 16, 2009 at 08:09:47
XP-User
I DID change the default account name when Windows was first installed. However, (by design) it's giving me results less useful than I had hoped for.

Chuck2 - Thanks for that hint - I'll report on it when I have tried it.

Basty


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#5
May 25, 2009 at 04:50:32
Xpuser
I have actually deleted a default account - but had to set up an alternate one first, which became the one WinXP booted to. If you want to know how, ask me.

Chuck2
I have not followed your suggestion yet, but it may well be what I need, because if I can copy everything of value from one (default) account to another by your method, and I KNOW I can delete the default account, I could be left with everything I want in an account that I have named the way I want it !

Apparently in a different post, someone suggested using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard - at first I thought it only applied between PCs, but I have seen this statement : "it can save files and settings to any disc drive or folder on your PC."
I know that it is complex and would probaly require that the drive have about as much empty space as occupied space.

Basty


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#6
May 27, 2009 at 10:53:48
The Documents and Settings folder contains profiles; not accounts. It doesn't matter what you changed the account name to, the original name still shows in the profile. Unless you delete it from Documents and Settings.

EEOC


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#7
May 27, 2009 at 18:41:00
Jennifer
Thank you. I have (inappropriately ?) commented on your reply in my post on 'location-depended users'. I'm still at sea about users and accounts.

My attempt to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard was frustrated by the discrepancy in User lists. That is why I started a new post with that as topic. Any help there would be appreciated.

Basty


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