Users changing their names after marriage etc


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A user has recently got married and changed name.

She logged in using her new surname, and this worked ok, with her apps
loading, but was not creating a new local profile, it was logging in with her
old profile. Any apps which required logins didn't work.

She had spoken to service desk, who said they needed to change the local
profile name to her new profile and that would solve it. I doubted it so
made a copy of the local profile just in case. The strange thing was the new
XP login was not creating a local profile yet was still logging in.

I renamed the local profile to her new ID, and then asked her to log in. It
logged her in and created another local profile called user.DBG and
everything worked fine.

How did it log in without creating a new profile originally?

Why after renaming the local profile would it then want to create another
profile?
 
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Seahawk60B

A user has recently got married and changed name.

She logged in using her new surname, and this worked ok, with her apps
loading, but was not creating a new local profile, it was logging in with her
old profile. Any apps which required logins didn't work.

She had spoken to service desk, who said they needed to change the local
profile name to her new profile and that would solve it. I doubted it so
made a copy of the local profile just in case. The strange thing was the new
XP login was not creating a local profile yet was still logging in.

I renamed the local profile to her new ID, and then asked her to log in. It
logged her in and created another local profile called user.DBG and
everything worked fine.

How did it log in without creating a new profile originally?

Why after renaming the local profile would it then want to create another
profile?

Windows doesn't match the user to the profile folder by name - it uses
the Users SID. I assume that all that was done was to change the
users name in AD, which does not create a new account, nor change the
User's SID. When she logged in the first time, it matched her SID
with her profile folder. Once you changed the name of the folder,
it's association with the user account was broken, and a new profile
folder had to be created. Since it couldn't create a folder with the
user's name (already existed), it creates a folder with the users name
and appends the domain name to the end --> username.domain

1. Rename the users old profile to a different name.
2. Delete the profile of username.domain
3. Log the user back in, there should now be a username folder
4. Log off, log on with an admin account and copy the contents of the
renamed folder to the new username folder.
5. The user should now be able to log back on with her former profile
properly named.
 
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Seahawk60B said:
Windows doesn't match the user to the profile folder by name - it uses
the Users SID. I assume that all that was done was to change the
users name in AD, which does not create a new account, nor change the
User's SID. When she logged in the first time, it matched her SID
with her profile folder. Once you changed the name of the folder,
it's association with the user account was broken, and a new profile
folder had to be created. Since it couldn't create a folder with the
user's name (already existed), it creates a folder with the users name
and appends the domain name to the end --> username.domain

1. Rename the users old profile to a different name.
2. Delete the profile of username.domain
3. Log the user back in, there should now be a username folder
4. Log off, log on with an admin account and copy the contents of the
renamed folder to the new username folder.
5. The user should now be able to log back on with her former profile
properly named.

Excellent explanation. Thanks a lot - appreciated.
 

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