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Rafty

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Running XP Home. Would like to change a User Name in Documents & Settings, but the system says No. Can this be done? Thanks
 
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Click Start, Control Panel, User Accounts, the user name, and Change the Name option.
 
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Yep, through the User Accounts settings in the Control Panel. After accessing User Accounts, choose "change an account," and follow the instructions. It's pretty self-explanatory. :cool:

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Rafty

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I followed your instructions and the User Name is OK, but my
Documents & Settings folder contains 4 folders:

1. All Users
2. Default Users
3. John Kirk <== This folder contains 2312 files & 107 folders and
is the one that I would like to make a name change.
4. Owner

When I try to change the name, I get a message "John Kirk is a Windows system folder and is required for Windows to run properly. It cannot be moved or renamed".

Is there anyway to rename it?

Thanks
 
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BIOS is a hardware level, user names are not involved.

Are you following our instructs or manually trying to rename the folder within My Computer or Windows Explorer?

Another option is create a new user and copy and paste the data to the new name.
 
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I am having the same problem. The well-meaning friend who installed XP for me spelled my name wrong and it's driving me bats! I have changed the "user name" as described in the previous post (very simple)...but the mis-spelled version still pops up at various times. I searched for files and folders with incorrect spelling and found two: one under Documents & Settings and one under Adobe Acrobat which I was able to change...plus I deleted bunches of cookies. When I try to change the folder I get a message that says "XXX is a Windows system folder and is required for Windows to run properly. It can not be moved or renamed." Any other solutions?
 
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The information you got in a previous post does not change the directory name in the Documents & Settings. It only changes the displayed name.

To do what you want you would need to create a new user.
 
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