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  1.    30 Jan 2017 #11
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 870
    Windows 10 Home

    "The only (sensible and recommend) way to change the name of the user profile and profile folder is to create a new user and copy content from old profile to new profile, then remove the old user and profile."
    If I never have to do this again, I'd be very happy.
    The OS setup dialogue is just poor, as to what you want your User name to be and I get on computers all the time where people didn't understand that the profile name was tied to the email acct by default. Before I configure any computer, I always ask and double check what User name a person wants BEFORE I start the setup or repair.

    "It is important to realize and remember that whatever username changes and account switches between local and MSA you do, the user profile will always remain named as it was when the account was originally created."
    Thanks for clearing this up. I do not have a Local acct on my own device. So, I created one, signed in with my other MS acct and just like you said, nothing changed. I went to my secondary MS acct page and my device was not listed, just the remote computer under that account. I did a system restore which I set up just before all this and of course, I got signed into a Temp profile from which I signed out and all was good on 2nd try. Do not know why profile gets corrupted sometimes but I know enough to sign right back out and not panic that my desktop and files are gone.
    The bottom line, my initial skepticism was because all my remote computers have Local Users with their own names and files so I was concerned with losing my files using another email acct. What I learned from all this is that the Admin profile is tied to the initial device setup and doesn't matter which MS email acct is used to sign in with. Thanks again, Kari
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  2.    30 Jan 2017 #12
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
    Posts : 12,940
    Windows 10 Pro

    Just one more detail I feel important enough to repeat it every now and then, in different profile / user account related threads:

    Many of us think that what the profile name will be is irrelevant, I'll just create my user account as a Microsoft account. Funny enough, a bit later on we start to feel annoyed when we, as that John Doe in my previous post, start to repeatedly see our name written in Users folder and Command Prompt and wherenot as johnd, or suemc, or llaff instead of John, Sue or Larry.

    My recommendation has always been, is and will be (as long as Microsoft account will use this 5 character abbreviation as user profile name) to always create your user accounts as local account, using that name you want your user profile being named as.

    Then, when signed in to desktop first time you can immediately switch to a Microsoft account yet you will have your preferred username and user profile name.

    User Larry Laffer with a Microsoft account email l.laffer@AnyEmail.com will be llaff if account is created as Microsoft account. Creating the account first as local account he can name it as Larry The Man if he so wishes, then switch to Microsoft account keeping that profile name.

    Kari
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  3.    30 Jan 2017 #13
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 870
    Windows 10 Home

    "always create your user accounts as local account, using that name you want your user profile being named as.
    Then, when signed in to desktop first time you can immediately switch to a Microsoft account yet you will have your preferred username and user profile name."
    Good advice. People see all the emphasis on setting up with a MS acct or signing up and never get to this option and it's implications. Cheers.
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