1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

how to change a user profile

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dexter_Spike, Aug 14, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. Dexter_Spike

    Dexter_Spike Jocelyne Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2003
    Messages:
    198
    Hello and thank you for your help.

    I need to change a user profile name on a laptop using Windows XP -

    I have searched but can't find how to do this.

    How do I proceed please?



    Thank you
     
  2. Sponsor

  3. mike5532g

    mike5532g

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2004
    Messages:
    2,312
  4. Claymore

    Claymore

    Joined:
    May 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,548
    Hi,
    Changing the name can be done, but you would want to transfer the old name files over to the new name. Suggest you follow the instructions in this Microsoft article:
    Copy data to new profile
    It involves creating a new user and transferring the data over to the new profile from the existing one. You can then remove the unwanted user in Control Panel => User Accounts.

    Note: When it comes to copying the files to the New User, you can't be logged in as either the user you are copying from, or the user you are copying to, so I suggest you boot to Safe Mose and log in using the Administrator account.

    Luck!
     
  5. Dexter_Spike

    Dexter_Spike Jocelyne Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2003
    Messages:
    198
    Thanks for your replies... I have already explored both options that you suggest.

    Neither of these changes the name that appears in System Information - System Summary and look on the right side...
     
  6. mike5532g

    mike5532g

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2004
    Messages:
    2,312
    You can only change the name that appears on the welcome screen.

    You will have to create another account.
     
  7. kiwiguy

    kiwiguy

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2003
    Messages:
    17,584
    PLEASE be careful playing with user accounts. Its very easy to accidentally lose all the info under a user account under XP. Back it up first.

    XP is a more "secure" version of Windows, hence the limitations explained above.
     
  8. Dexter_Spike

    Dexter_Spike Jocelyne Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2003
    Messages:
    198
    Well, I understood at one point that it would be possible to change the registry... I would like to keep all the settings and if I create a new user profile it is not at all guaranteed that the mail settings will be copied...

    Does anyone know how to change the information in the registry please.
     
  9. Dexter_Spike

    Dexter_Spike Jocelyne Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2003
    Messages:
    198
    I have given up on this.

    It's far too complicated, so we have continued to live with the problem...

    Thanks anyway.
     
  10. darrell,j

    darrell,j

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2005
    Messages:
    4
    Just a quick note from experience, if you do in fact create a new user account, and transfer files to it, make sure that all of your temporary files, cookies, and anything related to temporary is all cleaned up, or it will give you a transfer error, and cause you to lose some very important files, causing you to maybe having to reformat, as I did; and they do not mention that in the microsoft fix-So buyer beware LoL
    Other than that, it seems to work fine, but it was already to late. LoL
    Also make sure you copy not cut.
    Blessings
     
  11. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Similar Threads - change user profile
  1. michael1129
    Replies:
    8
    Views:
    369
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/390533