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Help need to change a folder name in Documents and Settings

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vvp, Jan 22, 2006.

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  1. vvp

    vvp Thread Starter

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    Hi this is my first post here, thanks for helping!

    The store where I bought my computer from used my full name when installing Win XP Pro.

    I'm concerned about security, particularly when surfing, so I'd rather not have my full name being used in the Documents and Settings folder.

    Can someone please tell me how to get my name out of the system please?

    Thank you!
     
  2. valis

    valis Moderator

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    probably the easiest way would be to create a new folder, name it what you want, then copy the entire contents of the other folder over.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Your name from the Documents & Settings profile isn't visible when you surf, this is a non-issue.
     
  4. vvp

    vvp Thread Starter

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    Valis - I tried copying the folder(s) and windows isn't playing nice with that approach.

    JohnWill - Are you sure?

    The reason I question this is that I have a personal website that uses Statcounter. Frequently, when checking to see what kind of traffic I've had, I can see when surfers have saved a shortcut to their desktops back to my web site. ie: Desktop\John Doe\My Webpage. This is why I believe some of the personal info is leaking out.

    Any ideas?
     
  5. Sanguines

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    Make a new user account, transfer all your data to it, and delete the original :)
     
  6. jiml8

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    User name is visible to anyone that scans the machine, as is the machine name. In fact, you can usually obtain the names of all users registered on the machine via an external scan.

    Safest way to block that is with a firewall. You can turn it off in Windows, but you are a fool to trust Windows security.

    User name can be changed from the Computer Management applet in the Administrative Tools section of the control panel. Also, the user's profile location can be changed there.

    Computer name can be changed from the "System" applet in the control panel.
     
  7. vvp

    vvp Thread Starter

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    This is the info I was seeking. Thank you.

    For the record, I do have a hardware firewall in place. I agree with you that only the niave would rely soley on Windows for their firewall.
     
  8. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    You can rename the account but it will not change the name of the folder in Documents and Settings. Just create a new account and move everything to that account if you are so worried about it. I persononally wouldn't run my website from the My Documents area of my system. Not that it matters. That is the way most Unix based hosting does it.
     
  9. jiml8

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    Full name in Documents and Settings is, as has been pointed out, a non-issue. However the full name there means that the full name was used for the user name, and that IS an issue. Changing the user name will remove visibility of the real name from the internet - that is, presuming that Documents and Settings isn't shared and the C drive isn't shared, and everything is password protected, and so on and so forth.

    OP says he has a hardware firewall in place, so under most conceivable circumstances he'll be safe anyway. But he is right that some browser will report when they make a link to a website and will give up the name of the location to the link, and this could indeed leak his name.
     
  10. JohnWill

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    You can rename the user account to Darth Vador and leave the user profile folders as they are, all fixed. ;)
     
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