1.    21 Mar 2017 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2017
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    User Account Folder has Wrong Name


    Just got a new Tablet PC. As it took me through the initial setup process, it truncated my User Name to the first letter. For example, for my username I entered 'Fred' but when I hit Enter the name was shown as 'f' and no way to get back to that screen to change it.

    After setup, I used the Accounts name change function in Control Panel to change my account name to Fred, and the change seemed to reverberate correctly throughout the machine... until I had occasion to manually navigate to my Downloads folder to make a shortcut to it- whereupon I found that my path was shown as 'C:\Users\f\Downloads.'

    After an hour of research, all I can determine is that the machine still has my username as 'f' and the name change to 'Fred' was purely cosmetic- like an alias, for display purposes only. The Registry shows DefaultUserName=f and the system will not allow me to change the Users\ folder name from 'f' to 'Fred.'

    I did a search here and everything I found revolved around my 'Microsoft Account Name," or my "OneDrive Name," neither one of which is something I want or need, and the posts on it were out of date since it claimed that there was no way to change my User Account Name- which I have already (kinda-sorta) done.

    I would very much appreciate someone posting or linking a way for me to correct the user FOLDER name to match the alias or whatever it is that correctly shows my Username as 'Fred.' My objective is to find every instance of 'f' and change it to 'Fred.'
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    21 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 4,520
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Welcome to Tenforums,

    Yes, this is what happens if you set up the account using your Microsoft account. Windows used a truncated first part of your Microsoft account as the basis for the user folder and account name. If you had set up a local account first the folder name would match the account name you chose. While you can change the account name whenever you wish, as you have found the user folder retains its initial name and cannot be changed.

    Local Account or Microsoft Account - How to Tell in Windows 10

    Your only remedy is to create a second Local account in the name you wish to use (renaming the first account to something else if it currently has your preferred name). You should make this new account an administrator. Once you have an account and user folder with the name you want, copy any personal files or documents from the original user folder to the new one.
    User Account - Add in Windows 10
    Account Type - Change in Windows 10

    Then you can switch your original 'F' account to a Local account, sign in to the new account and then you will be able to switch that to use your Microsoft account. Then you can use the new account as your main one.
    Switch to Local Account in Windows 10
    Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10

    When you are done, you could delete the old account if you wish. Whatever you do, make sure you have made the new account an administrator before you do that. You must have at least one administrator account on the PC at all times. If you delete the only admin account on the PC you won't be able to install software of make changes to the machine.

    If you didn't use a Microsoft account to set up the PC and actually created a local account, but just had a typo problem with the name, then you'll still have to make a new local account to get the user folder name you wish.
    Last edited by Bree; 21 Mar 2017 at 20:59.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  3.    21 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,409
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by HoggyDog View Post
    I would very much appreciate someone posting or linking a way for me to correct the user FOLDER name to match the alias or whatever it is that correctly shows my Username as 'Fred.' My objective is to find every instance of 'f' and change it to 'Fred.'
    The safest way to do what you want to do is go back and change the original account back to "F" the same way you changed it to Fred. Then make a new local user account and name it Fred. Make sure to change it to administrator. Login in to the new account, Fred, and move all your data files from "f" under \users to "Fred" under \users. Then delete the "F" account.

    If you try to change all the "F"s to "Fred" you are likely going to end up locked out of your computer completely.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
How do I re-map a local account to the default user folder in Win10
I have a customized Windows 10 image built using audit mode (using the copyprofile true option in the sysprep file). The image deploys as expected, and every user has the same default profile that I configured on the image. My question is this: How,...
User Accounts and Family Safety
Changing the user folder name created with MS account - efforts and pr
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...
User Accounts and Family Safety
Solved Can't delete ntuser.dat from old unused User Account folder?!
I'm only using local accounts. I have an unused user account folder called "Anna". It's been migrated since ages ago in Windows 8 and it shouldn't be in use. I only use my present user folder called "Anastasia". Now I want to create a fresh new...
General Support
Downloads goes into another user account folder
I have initially created a user account for a new laptop lets call this user 'A'. Later, I created another user account "B" and deleted the A user account. However right now, I am logged into account B but whenever I download files, it will be saved...
User Accounts and Family Safety
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 and sure enough, now I have two...
User Accounts and Family Safety
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:43.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums