Accidentally renamed Users folder to Downloads--Please help! Solved

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    Cliff S said: View Post
    Now you should get yourself a system imagiing software like Macrium Reflect Free and make images before and system changes, new software installations or Cumulative updates, Win10 Build upgrades ....etc. It will save you rear end, and keep the headaches away:)

    Here is the thread dedicated to Macrium: Solved New Macrium Reflect Update - Windows 10 Forums
    I read that constantly imaging your SSD reduces it's lifespan? I see you have an SSD as well, how has imaging impacted your system; if at all? I'd like to be able to have peace of mind but at the same time, I don't want to cause harm to my hardware so long as I can have some control over it.
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    When you create an image, it's only reads on the SSD, which has NO impact. Most people image to either an external HDD or like me, a 2nd internal drive(HDD in my case).

    Now if you nuke your system a lot, then yeah, you'll write a lot, but it's no different than that of repair installs or clean installs then.

    My SSD, the Samsung Pro is one of the best on the market, in Endurance tests. It can take upto 2-3 Petabytes before failing.
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    I need your help with this.

    philc43 said: View Post
    Well, having system settings automatically apply to your account is one of the features that a Microsoft account login provides since it stores your settings in the cloud (I believe it uses OneDrive) and is activated by the Sync your settings options. Not sure just how many of your settings it takes care of but it includes themes, IE settings, passwords, language, and ease of use.

    If you wanted to do this you would have to do the following:

    Convert your current account (with the "Downloads" user name) to a Microsoft account - - make sure you go into Settings -> Accounts and turn on Sync settings, activating all the settings you want saved. Leave it for a while so that these settings are backed up to the cloud.

    Then do the procedure I outlined earlier but make sure your new account is a local one or you will not get the folder name you want. Also make sure it has administrator status.

    Then afterwards you can convert your new account back to a Microsoft account using the procedure above and the sign in details you used before and it should after a short time sync your settings back to the ones you had originally.

    I know this sounds complicated and time consuming but I do not know of any other way to reliably change the folder name in your C:\Users folder. You will still have to copy over your personal folders and files from the old account to the new one.

    Let me know how you get on if you decide to do this.

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    Hello @low402 :)

    This thread was solved. Please start a new thread with your current problem. Explain what has happened and we will try to help. The solution might be different now since there have been several updates since February.
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  5.    #15

    Hi everybody,

    Sorry for bumping an old thread. But I myself just had this very frustrating problem, and this was the first thread when I googled for an answer.
    I never attempted philc43's advice. I was hoping it would have to be my last resort as it sounded very cumbersome.
    And after a little more googling I found this regedit-file that separated the accidentally merged user folders and reset them to their original locations. Phew! An easy fix for a very frustrating problem.

    Hope this will help anyone with the same issue in the future:

    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Feb 2018 at 11:04. Reason: link
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