renaming user folder?


  1. Posts : 46
    Windows 10 64-bit Pro
       #1

    renaming user folder?


    I just got a new computer and set it up and then realized my user folder only has the first six letters of my name...if I rename it to my full first name will apps that have already run got messed up because they will be looking for data in the wrong users folder?

    Tia

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  2. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #2

    Hello @surfer2938,

    surfer2938 said:
    I just got a new computer and set it up and then realized my user folder only has the first six letters of my name...if I rename it to my full first name will apps that have already run got messed up because they will be looking for data in the wrong users folder?

    Are you talking about this? => How to Change the Name of a User Profile Folder in Windows 10

    I hope this helps.
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  3. Posts : 14,140
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #3

    surfer2938 said:
    I just got a new computer and set it up and then realized my user folder only has the first six letters of my name...if I rename it to my full first name will apps that have already run got messed up because they will be looking for data in the wrong users folder?

    Tia

    Version 20H2 (OS Build 19042.804)
    Mine used the first 5 characters of the E-Mail address for my Microsoft Account.
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  4. Posts : 1,773
    Windows 10 Home
       #4

    surfer2938 said:
    ...if I rename it to my full first name will apps that have already run got messed up because they will be looking for data in the wrong users folder?
    YES, use the tutorial linked in post 2 or .. since this is a 'new' computer and if you have very little on it- disconnect from internet, create a new Local Account in Settings/Accounts giving it Admin privilieges. Move all files from Un-desiredName/Documents, Music, Pictures, etc to corresponding folders in NewUserName/Documents, etc. Sign out, sign-in as the New User, verify files are in proper place and delete orig account from Settings/Accounts, reconnect internet, reboot=All Set
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  5. Posts : 17,039
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #5

    surfer2938 said:
    I just got a new computer and set it up and then realized my user folder only has the first six letters of my name
    That is normal for cases where you have created an MSAccount-linked user account.

    Denis
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  6. Posts : 46
    Windows 10 64-bit Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    It sounds like a pain, I'll learn to live with the folder name as it is I think (I can't deal with stuff not working right now).
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  7. Posts : 93
    Windows10
       #7

    I have a similar problem. Iíve just reset the laptop. Should I sign in as a local account first to get my own name in Explorer and then change to my Microsoft account?
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  8. Posts : 17,039
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #8

    janey6 said:
    I have a similar problem. I’ve just reset the laptop. Should I sign in as a local account first to get my own name in Explorer and then change to my Microsoft account?
    Janey,

    That would certainly achieve what you want.
    - "sign in as a local account" - create a local account- "then change to my Microsoft account" - convert to an MSAccount
    Denis
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  9. Posts : 93
    Windows10
       #9

    Thanks.
    I reset but with the Ďkeep my filesí option. When the laptop restarted, I changed it to a local account but Explorer still showed the first letters which I donít want.
    Any ideas, please?
    Last edited by janey6; 15 Feb 2021 at 13:46.
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