I was stupid and I paid for it... l

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April 21, 2009 at 17:00:15
Specs: Windows XP, Athlon64X24800/3Gb

My problem is, a few years back when I purchased my main development machine I made the huge, horrible, stupid mistake of just using the Administrator account as my account. It has bitten me time and again in more ways then I ever thought possible. More than once I’ve attempted to find a way to rectify this without having to spend a week completely redoing everything… I’m looking for a shortcut!!

‘Everything’?? Understand, I am not lazy, I’m a 3D animator/CG artist and my entire studio lives on this system -- I have well over 204 programs installed -- this is just the folder count in Program Files -- MS Office, Adobe and others have as many as a dozen programs in their respective folders. These all have user files in the user directory and I’m guessing entries in the registry which are tied to the Administrator user, perhaps links that will be broken and Lord knows what else.

Does anyone know how I can get the Administrator user to another user name without losing the setups and customization of all my programs as well as other things I probably not even thinking about.


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April 21, 2009 at 17:19:37
Use acronis, ghost or some other disk copying type software and "copy" your present entire system to another drive (safety first)then you can install a new power user on your system then use XP's migration option to copy the settings and files over to the new user account you will be using the programs should already be installed so it is really just access to the files and setting's you should need .

if there is a problem you can allways revert back to the old O/S because it was left intact and a backup copy was made

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April 21, 2009 at 18:07:47
That works for me as well,

I have always used the single account and because I use image and back up regularly, I don't worry too much about it. Something happens the full system is back up within 15 to 20 minutes.The only thing lost is between the present and the last back up...but I can say that i even have that covered as well. All documents and data of any personal type is put on a totally different drive so that part is protected as well.

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