Windows 10: Name in File Explorer

  1.    30 Sep 2015 #1

    Name in File Explorer

    Since doing a clean install, my name in File Explorer/Users has changed. It is neither my first nor second name, just the first 5 letters/numbers of my Microsoft login name.

    It used to show my surname in Windows 7.

    Is is it possible to change it, please?
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  2. Kari's Avatar
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       30 Sep 2015 #2

    Hi Janey, please read this post, it is a response to exactly the same issue by another user: Solved User Name is cut short in File/Windows explorer - Windows 10 Forums

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  3.    01 Oct 2015 #3

    Thank you.
    I have now set up a local account using my first name and then changed it to a Microsoft account, using my usual email address and password.
    Can I now delete the original profile with the unwanted account (detailed in my original question)?
    Will this be possible as I set up my clean installation with my Microsoft account?
    I don't suppose I can merge them so that I have all my settings?
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  4.    01 Oct 2015 #4

    Further reply!
    having watched the video about converting a local account to a Microsoft account, I realise that I did not get the option to get a text message. In fact, after restarting the computer, I see that I still have the local account. Is this because there is already a Microsoft account registered to this machine?
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  5. Kari's Avatar
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       01 Oct 2015 #5

    You cannot have two Windows 10 user accounts on the same PC using the same MS account email. The easiest way to do what you want to is this:

    • Switch your old MS account to a local account (disconnect it from the MS account)
    • Create a new local account with your preferred name. Be sure to make this new local account an administrator account!
    • Sign in to your new local account
    • Copy your documents, images, music, videos etc. (all personal data) from the original, old Windows user profile to your new local account profile folder's corresponding subfolders
    • Switch your new local account to an MS account
    • You can now remove the original, old user profile

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  6.    01 Oct 2015 #6

    I will try that now and report back. Than you.
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  7. Kari's Avatar
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       01 Oct 2015 #7

    The most important thing to remember is to be absolutely sure that the new user account with your preferred name is an administrator account before removing the old account! If not, you will have no administrator accounts on your PC which makes it crippled and non-functional.
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