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Cannot Change name in User accounts

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by envii3, Dec 20, 2009.

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  1. envii3

    envii3 Thread Starter

    Sep 30, 2009
    I just reinstalled Windows XP Professional (after a failed attempt at a newer operating system) and when I open the user accounts menu and choose change name, the window opens along with a small box saying Unspecified error. After closing it, I try to click in the area to start typing a new name, but nothing happens.

    Everything else works, I can create a password, change the picture and what not. It's just the name. I am the only account (thus a computer administrator). Please help.
  2. How'dIdoThat


    Nov 2, 2004
    First Name:
    Click Start / Run and type in the following control userpasswords2 and click OK . Then click the Advanced tab and then the Advanced button. Then remove desired accounts, rename the administrator account and click Apply & OK.
  3. Saga Lout

    Saga Lout

    Sep 15, 2004

    I recommend creating a new account, migrating files and settings manually from the old to the new then deleting the old account. I can't think of a safer method.
  4. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    I agree, try creating a new account and see if you can rename it, it may be something in the profile got corrupted.

    I'm assuming this is not the Built-in Administrator account, as that account shouldn't have a link to change the name in the User Account control panel. It can only be renamed from Local Users and Groups, or via the Local Security Policy console.
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