Can I rename a User directory?

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Percival P. Cassidy, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. In Win7Pro I created a new user, Perce2, with Admin privileges, renamed
    the existing one from Perce to Perce_old (because it was "acting up",
    then renamed the new one from Perce2 to Perce

    The new profile works fine, but its "home" directory name does not match
    *its* name: the Perce directory belongs to Perce_old, and the new Perce
    account's directory is Perce2.

    Can this be fixed for the sake of consistency?

    Perce
    Percival P. Cassidy, Mar 9, 2012
    #1
  2. Percival P. Cassidy

    VanguardLH Guest

    Percival P. Cassidy wrote:

    > In Win7Pro I created a new user, Perce2, with Admin privileges, renamed
    > the existing one from Perce to Perce_old (because it was "acting up",
    > then renamed the new one from Perce2 to Perce
    >
    > The new profile works fine, but its "home" directory name does not match
    > *its* name: the Perce directory belongs to Perce_old, and the new Perce
    > account's directory is Perce2.
    >
    > Can this be fixed for the sake of consistency?


    Sounds like you're trying to slide in a new *folder* in place of one for
    an existing profile rather than copy the actual profile (part of which
    is defined in the registry, not the files).

    In Windows XP, right-click on My Computer and select Properties from the
    context menu (or open the System applet in Control Panel), go to the
    Advanced tab, and click on the User Profiles button. Here is where you
    copy and delete user profiles (the registry entries but the
    folders/files will remain). To copy a source profile to a target
    profile means you cannot be logged onto either one. You need to be on a
    different admin-level profile (e.g., Administrator). You create the new
    Windows account and then log into it. Why? Because the %userprofile%
    folder doesn't exist until the first login to a Windows account. Then
    log out of the new account (so it isn't in use). Log on under an admin-
    level account (not the source or target profiles) and go to the User
    Profiles dialog mentioned above where you copy one user profile into
    another.

    This is how it works on Windows XP Pro. Maybe it's the same procedure
    for Windows 7 (but you didn't say if you have the Home or Pro editions).
    This method makes sure the pointers and SIDs in the registry match up.
    VanguardLH, Mar 10, 2012
    #2
  3. In message <jjeahb$3s2$>, VanguardLH <>
    writes:
    >Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
    >
    >> In Win7Pro I created a new user, Perce2, with Admin privileges, renamed
    >> the existing one from Perce to Perce_old (because it was "acting up",
    >> then renamed the new one from Perce2 to Perce
    >>
    >> The new profile works fine, but its "home" directory name does not match
    >> *its* name: the Perce directory belongs to Perce_old, and the new Perce
    >> account's directory is Perce2.
    >>
    >> Can this be fixed for the sake of consistency?

    >
    >Sounds like you're trying to slide in a new *folder* in place of one for
    >an existing profile rather than copy the actual profile (part of which
    >is defined in the registry, not the files).
    >
    >In Windows XP, right-click on My Computer and select Properties from the
    >context menu (or open the System applet in Control Panel), go to the
    >Advanced tab, and click on the User Profiles button. Here is where you
    >copy and delete user profiles (the registry entries but the
    >folders/files will remain). To copy a source profile to a target
    >profile means you cannot be logged onto either one. You need to be on a
    >different admin-level profile (e.g., Administrator). You create the new
    >Windows account and then log into it. Why? Because the %userprofile%
    >folder doesn't exist until the first login to a Windows account. Then
    >log out of the new account (so it isn't in use). Log on under an admin-
    >level account (not the source or target profiles) and go to the User
    >Profiles dialog mentioned above where you copy one user profile into
    >another.
    >
    >This is how it works on Windows XP Pro. Maybe it's the same procedure
    >for Windows 7 (but you didn't say if you have the Home or Pro editions).
    >This method makes sure the pointers and SIDs in the registry match up.


    If you've changed everything else to your satisfaction, and it's only
    the folder name you want to change, you might have to create a Perce
    folder, then tell the Perce personality to use that as its "home"
    folder, then delete the Perce2 one (having moved stuff over perhaps,
    possibly beforehand possibly after, and possibly having to do it while
    logged in as someone else such as administrator, possibly not).
    --
    J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G.5AL-IS-P--Ch++(p)Ar@T0H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

    People wear anoraks because it's cold outside and it rains, not to annoy the
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    J. P. Gilliver (John), Mar 10, 2012
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