Solved Changing your account name in File Explorer

Stan Schultz

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Long story short - In an effort to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Kubuntu 20.04 on a relatively unsophisticated ACER Aspire E17, I managed somehow to get the name on my account folder different from the name that I use for all my file permissions and a lot more (I'm gradually accumulating a list) - basically anything the computer needs to confirm my identity for.

Using File Explorer (or whatever name Windows is using this afternoon), if I wind my way through the folder hierarchy to my account listing (i.e., "This PC" > C: > Users) I am listed merely as "Stan."

However, if I look at my formal account thus: Control Panel > User Accounts, I am very clearly listed as Stanley A. Schultz. Same guy. Two personas! And I want you to know that having such a split personality is a real drag!

Referring to that last, Control Panel page, there is a link for changing my identity there. But I don't want to change my identity there. I want to change my identity in the File Explorer listing, i.e., in the file system. But the system won't let me touch it.

How do I carry this off without losing two weeks of my precious time (I'm 76, and only have so many breaths yet to take. I'm getting a little protective of what I have left!) of installing and (mis)configuring the OS, then installing and configuring I-don't-know-how-many programs and apps. Because I hit <Enter> a millisecond too soon, or the machine hiccuped at precisely the wrong moment. Bummer!

Any help or suggestions, people?

User-Folder_List.jpgControl_Panel_User_Accounts.jpg
 

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Stan Schultz

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Yay! Thank you Brink. Your suggestions worked like a charm! I no longer have visions of the grim reaper standing behind me, looking over my shoulder, nervously checking his watch, impatiently waiting for me to reinstall the whole blamed operating system and it's aps!
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Name
    Stan Schultz
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus G750JM
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4700HQ
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GEFORCE GTX 860 M
    Occupation
    Retired. Two governments pay me to be a consumer.
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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Brink

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You're most welcome. :party:
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Name
    Shawn Brink
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
    State/Region Flag
    us oklahoma

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