Windows 10: Odd owner folder name

  1.    12 Feb 2017 #1

    Odd owner folder name


    After having installed win 10, windows has chosen w/o consulting me a concatenation of my 1st name and few characters of my last name as my folder name (the one in c:\users\). Can I change it back to my first name or <first>space<last> or anything sensible?

    Thank you in advance
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  2.    12 Feb 2017 #2

    You have to create a new LOCAL user account to get the user folder name you want. Then you con convert the local account to use a Microsoft account login and the folder name stays the same. Also, make sure to change the account type to administrator.

    User Account - Add in Windows 10

    Account Type - Change in Windows 10

    Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10
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  3.    12 Feb 2017 #3

    If you initially signed on with a Microsoft account, it usually grabs the first 5 chars of your Live ID as the folder name inside %homedrive%\Users. Haven't seen a concatenation for folder name generation in a while, though: very interesting. You might want to check out this Superuser tutorial if you're interested in changing your user account folder name: onedrive - How to rename the User folder in Windows 10? - Super User. If anybody knows a similar tutorial here at, please point to it: I've seen it discussed in lots of threads here, but I'll be darned if I can find it.
    Thanks and HTH,
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  4.    12 Feb 2017 #4

    I don't think you can just rename it. Not sure but you may be able to change it by doing a repair install. You will keep all your programs and settings. When installing Windows 10 if you use your MS account Windows will use the first 5 letters of your email address. To get around this use a local account. After Windows is installed and running you can switch to your MS account. Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  5.    12 Feb 2017 #5

    Thanks NavyLCDR, I created a user with my 1st name and 'it' created a folder with a name (user something, don't remember) which I could change back to my 1st name (with win explorer, after rebooting). Then Changed this account to admin.

    Now I don't know how to "attach" this new account to my Microsoft account and than to remove the folder with the half concatenated name
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  6.    12 Feb 2017 #6

    It was the third link I posted:
    Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10

    But before you can reuse the same Microsoft account on the same computer, you either have to delete the first user account or switch it to a local account:
    Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10
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  7.    12 Feb 2017 #7

    all messed up. Resetting the machine. I think it was a very bad idea to upgrade to win 10
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  8.    12 Feb 2017 #8

    "Now I don't know how to "attach" this new account to my Microsoft account and than to remove the folder with the half concatenated name"

    Give the Local User account admin privileges. You now have 2 admins. the screwed up name + the new Local User with correct name. Now, go to C:\Users and you'll see a folder with each name. Move all the files, like Music, Pictures, etc, from the screwed up name in C:\Users/'screwed' to the empty, corresponding folders with correct user name. For next steps, make SURE you know your MS email acct name and password.
    Then in Control Panel/Users, delete the account with the bad name and confirm 'delete this user's files'. Next, in Action Center/ Users, in the Local Account, use the option to 'sign in with MS account instead' and then when you sign in with MS acct, all your files will have the correct user name, the one you set up the Local Acct with. Restart and you'll have to use your MS acct from now on. Then set up a new PIN, if you prefer to use that instead.

    "Resetting the machine."

    This time, on initial set up when it asks you 'who will be using this ...', create a Local User only, with your correct name, THEN select 'sign in with your MS account instead' from the Users section of Action Center and your user files will have the correct name.
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