This is my 1st post so I hope is in the right section of the forum.
Iíve recently had to transfer from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional (death of a hard drive) and am hoping that some on this forum may be able to help me with various issues. I am OK with computers and am prepared to put in the time to understand as much as I can, but am certainly not a technician. Anything I do I have to research many times and carefully follow instructions. Itís taken me over a week so far to try and set things up in Windows 10 but despite trying constantly throughout that time thereís one fundamental thing I havenít been able to fix.
When setting up Windows 10 I very foolishly followed the prompts and set it up with my Microsoft account. This has created a user folder for me with a name that doesnít match the name I have on CrashPlan, Dropbox or a major database containing 15+ years of work. I had no idea until days later what a nightmare this would create, or how difficult it would be to fix.
Since discovering this problem my user account name on this computer has been changed to the one I want (just my first name, Ann Ö and both the account and the user folder did have a capital A in win 7). Also that account has been changed from a Microsoft account to a Local/Administrator account - but the user folder name doesnít change to match this.
I want to change the name on my user folder and ultimately get rid of my Microsoft account Ė I donít need the MS account for cloud storage and I donít buy MS products (although I did buy MS Office Professional for this laptop, and Iím sad to say probably set it up using my MS account.)
I did try one online solution which was to edit the ProfileImagePath in the registry but this created an account without access to anything Iíd set up and I became afraid to use it as there are warnings in online forums about it messing up too many other things in Win 10. I just restored to my restore point.
From what I can see the recommended solution to this user folder name problem is to create a local account with Admin privileges then delete the MS account. I've tried but Iím having a number of problems with this:
1. I canít set up a local account with the user name I want (Ann) Ė I get the message ďPlease type a different user nameĒ. I tried renaming (yet again) my first (previously MS, now local/admin) user account in case this was the reason I couldn't create a new one with the same name - but that makes no difference.
2. The only solution I've found to this problem is a suggestion to a) create a local/admin account with a totally different name, then b) delete the Microsoft user account, and next c) using my totally different user create the local/admin account and folder name I want, and finally d) delete the totally different user account.
3. This sounds fine but my understanding is that if I just switch users like this my new user will lose access to everything in the first userís account (my unwanted MS account). Before realising my user name folder problem, and also since then, Iíve done masses of work to try and set things up and manage Windows 10 Ė hiding and trying to deactivate OneDrive, forcing saves to my PC not OneDrive (though this is still a problem), setting default apps, setting up emails (3 addresses), preferences in Office programs, disabling QuickAccess recent docs, setting up jump lists for Office apps, getting rid of the tiled section near the Start button, etc and on and on. So of course I donít want to have to do this all over again
My drive is partitioned and ultimately if I can change this user folder name to what I want Iíll move my data on C to the D drive.
So my primary question here is:
** How can I change the user folder name I have now Ė originally created as an MS account but now a local/admin account - and still retain my access to everything Iíve set up for that user account. **
Any tips, advice or directions to other instructions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance