Move/copy-paste User Account data & docs to New User account same sys

  1. Posts : 420
    Windows 10 1803

    Move/copy-paste User Account data & docs to New User account same sys

    Guys I have done this in the past but cannot recall how and don't want to botch.

    I had hoped Windows 10 corrected the "rename user account" function but nope. I renamed a User Account due to conflict on the LAN [same name, same spelling] and sure enough, now I have two names for the account, one a slightly hidden original name, and permissions issues. To rid it, I will create an all new Administrator account, move everything over, and demolish the old.
    How to do? the docs/files are easy... the settings for apps etc are not as I recall

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    Don't even try would be my recommendation.

    Make a new Admin account and copy your documents. Set everything else up from scratch.

    Most applications will store their stuff in %localappdata% but unless you have some specific app (Windows Live Mail or Outlook or something) tht you must move it would be much better not to try to move things.

    If there is something specifically you want to move then ask about that - I've moved the 2 I mention above, for sure someone else has moved something else.

    Generally it will be quicker (and cleaner) to start from scratch than trawl though everything hoping to make sure you moved the lot. You'll only end up missing some odd directory and it will not work.
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