How to rename a user's folder in c:\users?

  1. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro v.20H2 OS Build 19041.662

    How to rename a user's folder in c:\users?

    While my request in the thread Is it advisable/useful to have a second (full) Administrator account? was successfully handled, I now have this situation which I consider appropriate to mention in a new thread.
    Basically, I would like to rename the "new user" folder of the local Administrator account directory that was created in C:\users\. The account name is shown correctly elsewhere, the only exception being the specific directory (please note that the phrase "new user" is shown here for illustration purposes only).
    I searched and found this thread, User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums, but it applies to Windows 7. Would it be safe to try it in Windows 10? What precautions should I take?

    I solved my own problem. Well, finally by reading this forum more carefully I found that the safest solution would be to create a new user account. Since the "problematic" account didn't have any significant data or programs in it, it was fairly easy to replace it with a new one which is named as I like it.
    Last edited by Fortitude; 20 Jun 2017 at 14:58.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    One of the links may be useful in the event you need to recover your user profile:
    (for example you had made a lot of unique changes for the existing user profile before it was corrupted)

    This is for Windows 7 and may work for windows 10:

    These are links for windows 10: (using the registry)
    [Fix] Corrupt User Profile Error In Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 99
    Windows 10

    This may actually be what I am looking for, but I want to be sure. My son gave me his mostly unused W10 computer. I have tweaked it to make it more usable for me, but I really don't want his name associated with my account, just in case I need to create another account for him later. If I use either of the mentioned ways to change the user account name, will I have to redo all my tweaks yet again?
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  4. Posts : 99
    Windows 10

    Anyone know the answer to my question?
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  5. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 10,707
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    What I've done with used computers I've rehabbed was to be logged in as a User with Administrative rights, create a new User with the appropriate name and Administrative rights, reboot and log in as the newly-created User then delete the undesired one. At this point I can choose to save or delete that User's files. The new User does have to set the computer up as desired. It's a process but not necessarily hard to do. Also I have to keep in mind how/what the computer was named when first set up, that can also be changed, for my purposes in the rehabbing I try to use something like the computer make/model rather than a person's name.
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  6. Posts : 99
    Windows 10

    So if I'm understanding you correctly, I would have to tweak it again. Ugh. I wonder if I'll remember what I did!
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