User Name is cut short in File/Windows explorer

  1. Posts : 81
    Windows 10

    User Name is cut short in File/Windows explorer

    When you go to %USERPROFILE%\ the user should show as Varxtis Foh, or at least Varxtis, but for some reason it comes up as "varxt". When I connect to this computer from my laptop, it shows Computer Name> users> "varxt" (without quotes)

    Does any one know why this is? Ive gone to Computer Properties and to User/Account Settings. Nothing to indicate theres a problem.
    I have Windows 10 on my Laptop and Windows 7 on another Desktop I have. Neither exhibit this issue. Ive also gone through Afterdawn, Google, Tomshardware, and Microsoft forums to see if anyone has had similar issue. I can find anything.
    Earlier I was encouraged to start a new Admin User account on this computer, and for a while it did the trick. but a couple of days later when I tried to log it, the computer only recognized my original User, and any attempts to recreate another Admin User failed as it keeps asking for an email and password to associate with the new User account. I do not want to create a whole new microsoft account for this as everything (Microsoft and XBox) are already associated with the original account.

    Can anyone help. this is pretty frustrating.
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  2. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro

    That is the default way Windows creates your user profile when creating a new user profile using an MS Account. When the MS email account holder's first name is more than five letters, the user profile name will be the first five letters of the first name. When the first name is less than five letters, the profile name uses a five letter acronym created from the first and last name. The only way to get the Windows user profile name match the first name when creating a new MS Account is if the first name is exactly five letters long.

    • A user with first name Larry, last name Laffer gets user profile named as Larry
    • A user, first name Archibald last name Bunker gets user profile named as Archi
    • A user, first name Ten last name Forums gets user profile names as TenFo

    The fix is to create your user account first as a local account, naming it as you'd like your user profile to be named, sign in to this local account and now when the profile has been created with your preferred name, convert it to an MS Account. In your case, when setting up your user account when installing Windows 10 or when creating the account later on an existing system, you need to create your user account as a local account with username Varxtis Foh, then sign in to this account and convert the local account to an MS Account.

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  3. Posts : 81
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    That makes sense. I appreciate it. I'm the morning... well a little bit later today I'll try and give it a go. The only problem is, as far as I can tell, theres no option to create a "local user". It tells me to login a new account using pre-existing MS account, or create a new MS account. But I'll have to confirm this a bit later. Thank you again.
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  4. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro

    varxtis said:
    The only problem is, as far as I can tell, theres no option to create a "local user".
    Of course there is. Simply click the Skip this step in the user creation dialog and create a local account in next dialog:

    User Name is cut short in File/Windows explorer-2015-09-06_12h20_52.png

    Detailed instructions in step 22 in this tutorial: Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Posts : 81
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Saweeet! Thank you so much. I thought I had tried that, but I had only tried the whole "I Don't have an email account"option. Thank you for the screen print. That helped out a lot!
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