Rename user doesn't rename structure


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Tim Green

I'm using Windows XP Home with SP2. I had a user named Tom, but I changed it
to Frank, via the User Accounts option in the Control Panel. Everything's
ok, except the Documents and Settings structure still says Tom, and the name
Tom keeps popping up during programme registration and others--even when
sending Remote Assistance invitations (although I do have the option of
changing the From name before sending the invitation).

Since Windows won't allow me to rename the Documents and Settings structure
(and I'm sure that's by design), does anyone know of a way Windows *will*
change it to reflect the name of the actual user? Or do I have to remove the
user altogether, and start fresh?

Thanks.

Tim.
 
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Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers

Hi,

You can't change the name of the userprofile folder, you can only change the
name of the associated user account. You would have to create a new user
account with the preferred name and copy the old one into it.

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811151

Note that one step not listed in the article is that after creating the
destination profile you must log into it once first to create the necessary
file structure before you do the copy procedure.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP

Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone

Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
 
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Tim Green

Thanks, Rick. I'll give it a go.

Tim

Rick "Nutcase" Rogers said:
Hi,

You can't change the name of the userprofile folder, you can only change
the name of the associated user account. You would have to create a new
user account with the preferred name and copy the old one into it.

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811151

Note that one step not listed in the article is that after creating the
destination profile you must log into it once first to create the
necessary file structure before you do the copy procedure.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP

Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone

Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
 

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