Max Goldman
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Re: Changing user name
Posted: 01-19-2009, 01:54 AM
On Sun, 18 Jan 2009 17:42:57 -0800 (PST), WhiteTea
<WhiteTea77581@yahoo.com> wrote:
>On Jan 18, 7:21 pm, Max Goldman <maxgold...@adiceclay.invalid> wrote:
>> On Sun, 18 Jan 2009 17:58:55 -0700, "Ken Blake, MVP"
>>
>>
>>
>> <kbl...@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote:
>> >On Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:12:11 +0100, "AJS" <newsgr...@sorga.com> wrote:
>>
>> >> Hello,
>> >> I inherited a computer and would like to change the user name.
>> >> I was able to change the log on name (control panel - User), but in
>> >> Documents and settings the old name still appeared.
>> >> I do want to keep all the files and settings of the old user, but with my
>> >> name.
>> >> Is it possible to do that?
>>
>> >If I acquired a used computer, the first thing I would do with it
>> >would be to reinstall the operating system cleanly. You have no idea
>> >how the computer has been maintained, what has been installed
>> >incorrectly, what is missing, what viruses and spyware there may be,
>> >etc. No matter who previously owned it, I wouldn't want to live with
>> >somebody else's mistakes and problems, possibility of kiddy porn,
>> >etc., and I wouldn't recommend that anyone else do either.
>>
>> To "AJS":
>>
>> Ken just blessed you with a boilerplate reply that he's used probably
>> hundreds of times to this point... a reply that doesn't deal with your
>> problem and that assumes that you received the XP installation disc
>> with that computer and that you know what to do with it.
>>
>> Did you?
>
>You're right.
Yup.

I hate it when folks play nanny without even attempting to answer the
OP's question. I think it's just plain rude.

He should've answered the OP's question and THEN added his damned
nanny boilerplate reply if he absolutely couldn't control the urge.
>If he doesn't have the disk, then I guess one option is to take REALLY
>good care of his primary disk.
>Besides backing stuff regularly.
Bruce Chambers
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Re: Changing user name
Posted: 01-19-2009, 06:51 PM
AJS wrote:
> Hello,
> I inherited a computer and would like to change the user name.
> I was able to change the log on name (control panel - User), but in
> Documents and settings the old name still appeared.
> I do want to keep all the files and settings of the old user, but with my
> name.
> Is it possible to do that?
> Thanks,
> AJS
>
>

With second-hand computers, especially if acquired from strangers
but perhaps even if acquired from a family member or friend, your wisest
course of action would definitely be to format the hard drives and start
fresh. You don't want to get in trouble because the original owner may
have filled the hard drive with kiddie porn, or have problems because
the original owner downloaded/installed viruses or other malware.

To fix the "Registered to" information for WinNT/2K/XP, you can use
Start > Run > Regedit.exe to edit:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\RegisteredOwner

and:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current
Version\RegisteredOrganization

How this will affect the name displayed in previously installed
applications will vary depending upon each individual program; some read
the registered owner information dynamically, while others read it only
during installation.

The user profile folders (C:\Documents and Settings\Username)
_cannot_ be renamed, without risky registry editing, even if the
associated user account has been. So, your best course of action would
be to log on using the built-in Administrator account, create a new user
account, with the username desired. Once you've logged in using this
new account (and transfered any data you need to preserve, you can then
delete the old user account(s).

HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;279783

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;811151


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AJS
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Re: Changing user name
Posted: 01-20-2009, 02:07 AM
Thanks to all who responded.

"Bruce Chambers" <bchambers@cable0ne.n3t> wrote in message
news:Oo%23i2bmeJHA.1268@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
| AJS wrote:
| > Hello,
| > I inherited a computer and would like to change the user name.
| > I was able to change the log on name (control panel - User), but in
| > Documents and settings the old name still appeared.
| > I do want to keep all the files and settings of the old user, but with
my
| > name.
| > Is it possible to do that?
| > Thanks,
| > AJS
| >
| >
|
|
| With second-hand computers, especially if acquired from strangers
| but perhaps even if acquired from a family member or friend, your wisest
| course of action would definitely be to format the hard drives and start
| fresh. You don't want to get in trouble because the original owner may
| have filled the hard drive with kiddie porn, or have problems because
| the original owner downloaded/installed viruses or other malware.
|
| To fix the "Registered to" information for WinNT/2K/XP, you can use
| Start > Run > Regedit.exe to edit:
|
| HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\RegisteredOwner
|
| and:
|
| HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current
| Version\RegisteredOrganization
|
| How this will affect the name displayed in previously installed
| applications will vary depending upon each individual program; some read
| the registered owner information dynamically, while others read it only
| during installation.
|
| The user profile folders (C:\Documents and Settings\Username)
| _cannot_ be renamed, without risky registry editing, even if the
| associated user account has been. So, your best course of action would
| be to log on using the built-in Administrator account, create a new user
| account, with the username desired. Once you've logged in using this
| new account (and transfered any data you need to preserve, you can then
| delete the old user account(s).
|
| HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
| http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;279783
|
| How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile
| http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;811151
|
|
| --
|
| Bruce Chambers
|
| Help us help you:
| http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
|
| http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
|
| They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
| safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
|
| Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand
Russell
|
| The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
| killed a great many philosophers.
| ~ Denis Diderot


 
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