Deleting a USER from Vista and keeping their files for a new user?

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mark069

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I bought a display model laptop running Vista that had a user called OfficeDepot defined. After a few weeks I decided to create a new user called Mark (with administrator privileges) and delete the OfficeDepot user.

In the user directory I noticed that there was only a OfficeDepot folder and there was not yet a Mark folder so I created one there and copied all the files from OfficeDepot to Mark. Then when I tried to delete the OfficeDepot folder, it started to delete all of the files I had just moved to the new Mark directory so I cancelled this action.

What am I doing wrong here? Do I have to change the file ownerships from OfficeDepot to Mark manually before I try to delete the OfficeDepot folder?
 

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Seeing as Mark now has administrative rights, why not rename OfficeDepot to Mark2, and use that account.
 
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When you create a new user account the folders for it wont be created until you log in to that account.
 

mark069

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Seeing as Mark now has administrative rights, why not rename OfficeDepot to Mark2, and use that account.
I could not rename the OfficeDepot folder for some reason. I could delete it but renaming wasn't permitted.


Jack, thanks for the tip about logging in to the Mark account. I think I have to famiarlize myself more with Vista user accounts. Right now I have the machine set up for one user (myself) with admin privileges and no password. I prefer to keep passwords off the machine for now because they are not needed - I use the machine at home only and passwords aren't necessary IMHO.
 
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