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CHANGING User Account Folder names as well as User Name

  1. #1

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    Windows 8

    CHANGING User Account Folder names as well as User Name

    Hi guys.

    Windows 8 screwed up my old user account so I had to transfer to a new one. Unfortunately that new one was named after my email address for some reason as I logged on as a microsoft account rather than a local one. Hence in my computer its called users/email_000

    This is very annoying.

    I've read tutorials on this from other versions of windows ie. here : User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Forums

    However it doesn't work for Windows 8. When I try one of the earliest steps (renaming the user folder itself) I cant do it as its 'open in another program' even though that User is not logged on.

    Any workarounds? Ive created another admin local user, to no avail.

    Thanks for your help!

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  2. #2

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Chookyman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The best method to do this is to create a new user account with the name you want, make it an administrator account type or leave as a standard user, sign out, sign in to the new account, then delete the old account.

    Hope this helps,
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