Consistency between users and Users folders

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  1. oao
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       #1

    Consistency between users and Users folders


    I am running W10 Pro x64 1511.

    The laptop came with a default account for USER, so the underlying subfolders of Users are in users\USER\.
    For various reasons I wanted to have them under my name i.e., users\FP\. So I added another admin user FP with which I login. However, no users\FP\ folder was created and the information is still stored in users\USER\.

    Any idea why and how I could get the system to create the FP users folder and store the information there?

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 18,406
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    How did you add the second admin account?
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  3. oao
    Posts : 117
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    [QUOTE=oao;859687]I am running W10 Pro x64 1511.
    Honestly I don't remember. Could I have just renamed the default account?
    If so, if I rename it back to the default and ADD a new FP one, will it produce the folder I want?
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  4. Posts : 18,406
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    oao said:
    I am running W10 Pro x64 1511.
    Honestly I don't remember. Could I have just renamed the default account?
    If so, if I rename it back to the default and ADD a new FP one, will it produce the folder I want?
    Yes.
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  5. oao
    Posts : 117
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    NavyLCDR said:
    Yes.
    Well: I managed to rename the default user account and create a new user ac
    count and make it Admin. However, no new folder was created under \users.

    I rebooted, but was not offered 2 login users. I logged in with the default then logged off. Then I was offered 2 login options, but I tried to login as the new user, I got "could not load profile".

    And, in fact, I wondered about that: even had the folder been created, would it have been associated with all the subfolders under the default user folder -- isn't that the profile?
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  6. Posts : 18,406
    Windows 11 Pro
       #6

    When you create a new account, a corresponding folder under Users is supposed to be created for it. My account is John under Users/John. My wife's account is Lori, under Users/Lori. If you create a new account using a Microsoft Login, you'll get the first few letters of the Microsoft login under Users such as johnmh.

    There is something wrong with your installation of Windows.
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  7. oao
    Posts : 117
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Yes, I know that's what should have happened. But it did not.

    The laptop came with the W10 pre-installed, so how can I tell if something is wrong and what?
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  8. Posts : 17,661
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    oao said:
    Yes, I know that's what should have happened. But it did not.
    The laptop came with the W10 pre-installed, so how can I tell if something is wrong and what?
    There don't have to be anything else wrong with your Windows, just a bit messed up user accounts. The below instructions will work and are an easy and fast way to let you do a clean start allowing you to create a fresh new local admin account for yourself and remove the account User as well as other unnecessary or malfunctioning user accounts.

    Please do as told below following the instructions exactly as written, not adding / changing anything, not forgetting a single step. The whole process takes just a few minutes.

    To start with, use whatever account / user you are able to use to sign in and enter Windows desktop.

    1.) When on desktop, right click the Start button and select Run:

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    2.) Type the following in Run dialog, click OK when done: %windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe:

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    3.) Windows System Preparation Tool dialog opens. Check that it shows these selections (numbers correspond to those in screenshot):
    1. System Cleanup Action: Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE)
    2. Generalize: not selected
    3. Shutdown Options: Reboot

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    4.) Now click OK. The Windows System Preparation Tool runs and Windows will restart:

    Consistency between users and Users folders-image.png

    5.) Windows will perform a so called First Run setup, an OOBE boot. In first dialog select your region, language, keyboard layout and time zone if not already correctly shown, click Next:

    Consistency between users and Users folders-image.png

    6.) Do not enter any product key, your Windows is already activated. Instead select Do this later:

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    7.) Accept the license agreement:

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    8.) Select Use Express Settings (you can customize settings later on):

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    9.) Now continue as told in following tutorial setting up your new main admin account, starting from Step 21 in tutorial: Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

    Please notice: when setting up your new admin user account as told in above tutorial you cannot use any existing username. If you for instance already have created user FP as you mentioned, using that username will not be accepted. In this example I have tried to make my new account named Kari but as that username is already reserved, I get a notification telling me to use another username:

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    10.) When you have reached Windows Desktop with your new account, open Windows Settings app, select Accounts:

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    11.) Select Family & other people:

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    12.) One by one select all possible users under Other People and remove them:

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    That's it. You have now a brand new local admin user account, the preset account User and other possible unnecessary accounts have been removed.

    Kari
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  9. oao
    Posts : 117
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Thanks. Will review and get back to you if it does not work.
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  10. oao
    Posts : 117
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    I read the instructions and I see two potential problems:

    1. If I understand it correctly, even though I have deleted the FP user and there is now only the USER default user, after the procedure I still won't be able to add a FP user. If so, this does not solve my problem.

    2. Will the procedure make any other changes to the system other than to the user mgmt component? I am running W10 v.1511 which is configured in various ways not to check or accept ANY Windows updates of ANY kind. If the procedure changes that configuration and/or trigger any updates to the system, then it is not a solution. The reason I wanted a renamed folder is because I wanted to have both of my systems as similar as possible, but not at the price of risking buggy MS updates or adding back all sorts of W10 bloatware that I removed.

    Please advise.
    Thanks.
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