Windows 10: is it possible to change user's name in windows 10 ?

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       18 Oct 2017 #21

    That's what the tutorial I posted will do. It will change the name of the "C:\Users\<user name>" profile folder of the account.

    This wouldn't be the user name of the account though.
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  2.    19 Oct 2017 #22

    My apologies. I was looking at the wrong tutorial. The one you recommend here worked like a dream. It is exactly what rezpower, who started this thread was looking for. But BEWARE if you run Office 2016! Changing this name: "C:\Users\<user name>" completely disabled Outlook 2016. When I try to start Outlook, a dialogue box with this pops up: "Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. The set of folders cannot be opened. The path specified for the file C:\Users\my old name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\my Microsoft Account sign in email address.ost is not valid." I suppose that was predictable, given the weirdness of Outlook.

    I tried changing the path by editing the registry with a "ForceOSTPath" using the correct path, but it didn't work. Six hours later, I think I might just uninstall Office 2016 professional Plus, toss it in the ashcan and go back to Office 2003 or try Open Office. My frustration is beyond description.

    By the way, everything else works fine. Word saves to the the proper folder, etc. It is only Outlook that is screwed. Ironically, Outlook is my most valued and used program and now I am hogtied. No email. No contacts.

    Brink said: View Post
    That's what the tutorial I posted will do. It will change the name of the "C:\Users\<user name>" profile folder of the account.

    This wouldn't be the user name of the account though.
    Last edited by TongueThaied; 21 Oct 2017 at 23:07.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       19 Oct 2017 #23

    If you haven't already, you might try a repair install of Office 2016 to see if that may sort it out for you.
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  4.    19 Oct 2017 #24

    Brink said: View Post
    If you haven't already, you might try a repair install of Office 2016 to see if that may sort it out for you.
    Whenever I get office issues, I have found only reliable way to sort them is to completely uninstall using Revo Uninstaller (as Windows uninstaller leaves too much detritus in registry etc), and reinstall from scratch.
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  5.    21 Oct 2017 #25

    cereberus said: View Post
    Whenever I get office issues, I have found only reliable way to sort them is to completely uninstall using Revo Uninstaller (as Windows uninstaller leaves too much detritus in registry etc), and reinstall from scratch.
    Yeah I tried the MS repair, the MS uninstall reinstall, and predictably it did not work. I have Revo and was thinking about doing exactly what you recommend. But guess what? When I reinstall Outlook, it is going to create still another user account from my MS sign in. Grrrrr! The problem is, MS no longer give the user any installation options. There is a method to its madness: It wants everybody to be running the exact same versions of its software in exactly the same configurations. Frankly, Microsoft no longer cares about people like me. I am an "undesirable."

    I suppose I can reinstall it, allow MS to create still another User Acct, use a registry force to have all future Outlook data saved to my D drive (C is an SSD and I don't want to fill it with Outlook data), the hide the new User Acct so I do not have to look at it.

    The whole business with MS these days is a bit of a Kaftaesque nightmare. Maybe it is time to abandon Microsoft and go to Ubuntu and Open Office.
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