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  1.    3 Weeks Ago #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgeek View Post
    "Is this now as simple as copying everything under \Users\x to \Users\MyShortName ,making this my microsoft account and deleting \Users\x and Adminstrator 1."
    This question was posed, after I've managed to create Users\MyShortName folder. This was a hypothetical question at that time because I could not do this from following the instructions. And this is my current problem. What you are saying is I will NEVER be able to do this until Adminstrator 1 (Users\x) is changed to a Local Account, and then I should be able to complete the instructions I've been following?

    So my question/proposal: Can I make Administrator 2 (Users\MyFullName) a Microsoft Account by using the same email address as I'm using for Adminstrator 1 on Microsoft. Will it inherit all the privileges and settings of Administrator 1? Then change Adminstrator 1 to a Local Account (by deleting it's login to Microsoft? Is that easy to do?). Which should then enable me to complete the instructions I've been following changing Users\x to Users\MyShortName in File Explorer. I'm really cautious, that I don't want to lose any settings/privileges already set/given to my Administrator 1 (Users\x). I want them to be inherited by Users\MyShortName Admistrator 1 Account. Hence the simple change of folder name from Users\x to Users\MyShortName.
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    Do you have to expose hidden files to copy the ones down the Appdata path to get things like profiles for Firefox or other app related data.
    This is exactly a part of my concern. I don't want to do anything (because I'm completely new with Windows), which might lose data or settings.
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #13
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    The method I posted should be easier and safer.
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    In that case, temporarily enable the built-in Administrator account, sign in to it, and try renaming the profile folder for the "Administrator 1" account. When successfully finished, you can disable the built-in Administrator.
    Should I do this before or after using RegEdit to change "x" to "MyShortName"? I'm actually having some difficulty finding and loading the Elevated Administrator Account.

    Can I actually change an Administrator Local Account to an Administrator Microsoft Account in the Control Panel. Or do I have to delete Administrator 2 Account and re-create it as a Microsoft Account? And vice versa?
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #15
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    You would enable the built-in Administrator account first, sign in to that account like at step 2 in the tutorial below. See also the tip under step 2.

    Change Name of User Profile Folder in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You would enable the built-in Administrator account first, sign in to that account like at step 2 in the tutorial below. See also the tip under step 2.
    It's not clear to me what an Elevated Command Prompt is and how I get to it. Sorry. I'm searching on the internet, but haven't found an explanation I can understand (yet).
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #17
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    That's ok. You can click on the links in the steps for how to do so.
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  8.    3 Weeks Ago #18
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    my question/proposal: Can I make Administrator 2 (Users\MyFullName) a Microsoft Account by using the same email address as I'm using for Adminstrator 1 on Microsoft.

    Yes, you can't have 2 users with the same MS acct on the same device. Let me make it easier to understand by referring to MS email user as MS and no MS email user as non-MS. AFTER you make MS Admin 1 another standard Local Acct (Sign in with a Local Acct instead w/o an email, write down password)) and with desired User name first, then make it an non-MS Admin 2 (still no email acct). Copy all the file explorer folders (Music, etc) from MS Admin 1 to same non-MS Admin 2 folders.
    In Accounts while signed in as non-MS Admin 2, delete MS Admin 1 (you'll be asked to confirm file deletion). Reboot, under Accounts go to 'Your info', select option to 'Sign in with MS acct instead', enter same email as before, to convert non-MS Admin 2 to MS Admin 2.

    Will it inherit all the privileges and settings of Administrator 1?

    After you have followed the steps, MS Admin 2 is now the only Admin so, yes. All the installed programs have no restrictions and Firefox has your profile under AppData/Roaming and your data files will be in proper folders.
    I do this process for people who setup Win 10 with MS email and un-desired name is 1st 5 characters in email address, say, George Nutsinger has gnutsinger@###.com address becomes user 'gnuts' instead desired name of 'George'. I make 'gnuts' MS Admin a standard Local Account, named 'George', make it an non-MS Admin, delete the 'gnuts' acct after transferring folders data, then convert non-MS Local Admin 'George' to MS Admin 'George' by entering email and pass. Done. Now open C;/Users and George will appear vs 'gnuts'. Good Luck
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  9.    3 Weeks Ago #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's ok. You can click on the links in the steps for how to do so.
    OK. I managed to show the Administrator Account in the login menu, after rebooting. But it had no internet connection. So I had to reboot again to my Administrator 2 Account to continue this conversation. So I'd like to recap where I am. So I should log in to Administrator, and use regedit to change the path of Administrator 1 from "x" to "MyShortName" and use File Explorer to change from "x" to "MyShortName". Is that correct? Then delete the Administrator 2 account because it was only created to change the folder name to something useful. Is that all correct?
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  10.    3 Weeks Ago #20
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    Basically, yes to follow the steps below. I would wait to make sure everything is ok before deleting the "Administrator 2" account though.

    Change Name of User Profile Folder in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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