Windows 10: Windows backup shortening username

  1.    31 May 2018 #1

    Windows backup shortening username

    I am trying to set up Windows backup on a few machines.

    Windows (10) is shortening my name when it makes the folder. I am using Microsoft online accounts, not local accounts.

    For example, it makes the folder /backups/jerem instead of /backups/jeremy. My son has two letters missing from his name.

    On a different machine, however it spells my daughter's name in full without leaving off any letters.

    Has anybody experienced this? And is there a fix?
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       31 May 2018 #2

    Welcome to TenForums @oguruma

    When you create a new user as a Microsoft Account Windows uses the first five character of the email name for the name of the user folder it creates.

    If you make a local account then the user folder has the same name as the local account user, however long that is.

    I suspect your daughter had a local account initially, switching it to a Microsoft account doesn't change the name of the user folder. When you set up your son's account you must have set it up initially as a Microsoft Account.

    If you want full control over the name of your user folder, then you should always create a local account. You can then switch it to a Microsoft Account later if you wish.

    There is no 'fix' needed as those are the actual names of the user folders being backed up. Look in File Explorer at the C:\Users folder and you will see what I mean.
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