How do i change Administrator name after formatting

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Me22

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I have had my hard drive reformatted and created 2 user accounts
But instead of mine showing up as my name, it is called "User"
How can I rename it please?
 

Me22

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Did that to start with My name is there in user accounts.
But the folders name for me in Docs and settings is showing as USER not my name
 
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MaryB said:
I have had my hard drive reformatted and created 2 user accounts
But instead of mine showing up as my name, it is called "User"
How can I rename it please?
Hi MaryB,

Here's how:
Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Local Security Policy:
Under Local Policies, select Security Options:
Select (right-click) Properties for: Accounts: Rename administrator account
and change the name
Don't forget to click on Apply then Ok

You can also rename the guest account in the same manner.

You can check against all of the accounts on your system by downloading (freeware) Belarc Advisor and running it. It inventories all of your software and MS updates.

If you plan on running normally with Administrator rights, its a good idea to install DropMyRights MSI SetSafer MSI from Microsoft:
* Running a Web Browser from an Admin account with reduced permissions
DropMyRights.msi: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dncode/html/secure11152004.asp
SetSafer.msi: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/security/security/safer.asp

Then with the Local Security Policy, you can Add IE and Firefox in addition to your mail client and make them have Basic User permissions (i.e. for Internet facing applications - this is a good idea to not have Admin rights out in the open where an attacker can more easily gain Admin rights).

Under Software Restriction Policies create Additional Rules (if it does not exist) and add new certificate rule under Actions for IE and Firefox executable paths.

Then when Microsoft Update Tuesday arrives you can open up IE to have unrestricted access (you may need another shortcut without the extra "N" parameter) to get the Windows Updates as an Administrator.

-- Tom
 

Me22

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Sorry could not do what you suggested. Is there any other way please?
Dont want to be called USER forever lol.:mad:
 
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MaryB said:
Sorry can't find local security policy.
Hi MaryB,

Here's what I said in my previous msg:
Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Local Security Policy

What this means is:
1) Click on Start button in lower left-hand corner of screen
2) Select Control Panel from the Start Menu
3) Select Administrative Tools, and
4) Select Local Security Policy

You must be in an Administrative account to do so.

-- Tom
 
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MaryB said:
Sorry could not do what you suggested. Is there any other way please?
Dont want to be called USER forever lol.:mad:
Hi MaryB,

Try, try again!

AFAIK there is no other way to change the name of the Administrator account, however, you may be able to create a new account with any name and give it Administative rights.

-- Tom
 

Me22

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Nothing seems to work. Had to do a system Restore as created an account in my name But on the welcome screen I still showed up as User
So back to square one again lol
 

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Why not just make it easy on yourself and just create a new user and delete the old one.
 
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