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Default User Account Name Change?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by wisedave, Jun 17, 2010.

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  1. wisedave

    wisedave Thread Starter

    Mar 12, 2010

    A few months ago I purchased a Toshiba Satellite Laptop that has Windows 7 installed. I blew through the set up process and I realize that I made a descision that I want to change.

    My computer had a default setting for the user of OWNER-TOSH when I look at our network. How can I change that to a different name? I have cruised around the Control Panel and just can't find it.

    Thanks for the help!

  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    The best way is to MAKE and new account and then move all of your files to the new account. You will need to make all of you customization again.

    AFTER you have moved everything and have been running the new account for a while (several days), then you can delete the account AND files from within Control panel.

    Yes, there is a way to rename the account, BUT, the folder under "Users" will stay the same.
  3. wisedave

    wisedave Thread Starter

    Mar 12, 2010
    Thanks for the help. (y) That seems quite a long way to go! :mad: I was hoping for a click here, click there, tappity tappity tappity....DONE!

    Oh well, if there is another way I will enterain it....if not then I have a weekend project now.


  4. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    Control Panel | User Accounts (Choose View by: [Large|Small] Icons in upper right)
    Click Change account name
    This only changes the name you see on the Welcome screen; your User folder name will still be OWNER-TOSH.

    OK for one or two users, but if you have multiple users and have changed names on several accounts, it gets difficult to tell which folder belongs to which user unless you keep a list. There is no way to match a User Name to a Profile folder name without logging into that account, unless you can identify a specific file inside the profile folder.
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