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Problem changing User name

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by lehatche, Dec 1, 2011.

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  1. lehatche

    lehatche Thread Starter

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    I have an HP machine that came with Vista. When I got this machine it had some major hardware problems these were fixed.
    I then had to replace th OS so I went with Win 7. The OS installed fine but I used my name during the install process that was ok because I was going to keep it. Then a very close friend of mine needed a computer because her old XP had died. I decided to give her the HP. I went into system and chaged the computer name, and control panel, User's and changed that name both area's show that name. But when I go into my computer, C: drive, users my name is still there and I can not change it. The only solution I know might be to get into the regedit and change it there. I just need help getting to the right area. I hope someone can point the way thanks"s
     
  2. flavallee

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    You probably should do a clean reinstall of Windows 7 so your friend doesn't have a computer with your leftover "debris" that can't be gotten rid of.

    Something I learned to do a long time ago when doing a clean install of Windows is enter ComputerOwner as the username. It can then be given to anyone and not have someone else's name.

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  3. lehatche

    lehatche Thread Starter

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    Thanks, I was able to change user name and Computer name but it seems that it is the registered name I can not change! I did not have the computer up and running long enough to get any personal "debrie" on it.
     
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    Be careful what you change in the registry, concerning the username.

    I don't know what'll happen with Windows 7 after you make the changes and restart the computer, but I remember it causing a major headache when I did it with Windows XP.

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