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  1. #1


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    User profile folder


    Hi, if someone wants to change the name of user account, I think it is only logically that he wants also change the user profile folder name, isn't it? But how can we do that? is it possible?
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    Hello Zuu,

    You could use the tutorial below to also properly change the name of the C:\Users\(user-name) profile folder. The procedure is the same in Windows 8.

    User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks, I will try...
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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  5. #5


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    Yes... I renamed folder from another profile and changed registry, after that I cant get in my default profile at all. So only solution was - delete profile.
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    That is another way. It is best to just create a new user account though. Glad you got it sorted.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    This is about as close to the issue as I can find. While installing Win8 Pro, my user name folder magically changed from John to My Documents. I cannot change the name. Now it's shared as John, its location is John, and it's driving me crazy. I cannot create a folder named John in Users as it say that it already exists! My searches came up with the profile name change but that is really not what I am trying to do. I just want the folder back to the name John!
    BTW, my User Account is John and is administrator.
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  8. #8


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    create new account with administrator rights and delete previous account (choose keep all files).
    Otherwise try the link mentioned by Brink
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  9. #9


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 694
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Geez, I know what I did. I fuzzed with the registry to change the default folder for attachements in Outlook from My Documents to John. Now I have a damn parent-child relationship that I probably cannot fix (as I didn't bother to BACK UP my reg settings, fool of a took)
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