Solved Change user account folder name on new Windows 10 OEM PC

December 1, 2015 at 09:40:53
Specs: Windows 64
On new W10 computer the OEM created an account in their name. I can change it to mine (at least, to show up on logon), but how can I change the name of the folder under the 'User\theirname' folder?

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#1
December 1, 2015 at 11:06:31
What you're seeing is the profile folder. The only way to change that is to hack the Registry. Are you comfortable with that?

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#2
December 2, 2015 at 02:32:44
Yes I am. Until I joined this forum the only clues I could find about changing the directory name were in forums that are run by non-native English speakers. This includes the Microsoft support community for W10. If I'm to edit the registry I want to be certain I know exactly what to change.

I also seen suggested that one could create another account, then delete the old one, but I've seen stuff about problems trying to move/copy folders from one account to another (not to mention the trouble people are having when they've used passwords, tried to change them, and then got locked out of their computers. So I think I'm more nervous about doing that than changing the registry.) There may be only a few applications on here as yet, but it's amazing how very many files there are already in the 'App Data' folder.


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#3
December 2, 2015 at 04:41:40
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The files that are in the App Data folder are not really data files. They are just folders/files that are created for that particular profile when the user logs in for the first time.

Unless there is data on the desktop, or actually in the user's My Documents/Documents folder, creating a new user isn't a problem.

Regardless, here's the webpage I was referring to.

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/user-...


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#4
December 2, 2015 at 10:26:56
Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

There is a fair bit of data in there now, so I'll avoid creating a new user. As for the web site, it seems that a few people are having problems with the registry method (the temporary user, etc.) (They also missed the fact that you can easily change the appearance of the name via the Control Panel, but not via the System Settings.) I don't want to risk it yet. I guess I'll just wait until people are more used to W10 and someone has a cast-iron solution. Thanks anyway.


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#5
December 2, 2015 at 18:33:12
I guess I'll just wait until people are more used to W10 and someone has a cast-iron solution.

Forget about waiting. There never will be a cast-iron solution to renaming default user account folder without reinstalling Windows. It is by design.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#6
December 3, 2015 at 10:19:53
Maybe, but W10 is so new that it might be worth waiting. Meanwhile, I couldn't wait any longer to get some stuff on my machine, so it would be even more risky now to try and change anything. It would be easier to actually change my name instead of worrying about changing it on the computer.

There is no "Best Answer" to my problem on here, but with respect to the forum I'll tick the first one, and warn others to be careful, just in case.


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#7
December 4, 2015 at 08:23:26
Don't worry about it - The "Best Answer" is the best answer only in the eye of the beholder.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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