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AlexRD

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So for some reason, windows 8 thought it would be funny to change my user name to Al Ex instead of Alex, AND since you can't have space on the address bar, the folder ended up calling Al.
This annoyed me a lot more than it should have, because i have tried changing the user name through control panel, but that just changes the display name, not the folder's name.

How do i rename it?
 

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mvp
Hello Alex,

The best way I found to do this would be to create a new account with the name you wanted instead, sign out of old account, sign in to the new account, copy over anything (ex: shortcuts and files) you wanted from the old account to the new one, then delete the old account.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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Vadikan

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I totally agree with creating a new user account, but there's a more efficient way than copying everything over. It's called Windows Easy Transfer (migwiz), and it lets you transfer not only files and program settings, but also your user preferences (see red frame in the attached image). The latter is worth doing even if you decide to move files manually.

Tip. Before running migwiz, enable hidden files in File Explorer. Then migwiz will display hidden folders that may be useful for transferring program settings (see 1-2-3 in the attached image).

migwiz is a powerful tool, but it gets overlooked way too often.
 

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AlexRD

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I think i'll just get used to being called Al. It's safer that way :)
 

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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7 2600k
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus IV Z68 - Extreme
    Memory
    4x4 Ripjaws X79 Series 2133 MHz (9-11-10-28)
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified
    Sound Card
    Default
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Full HD Philips TV 32"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1x Crucial m4 SSD 512 GB
    PSU
    Silverstone Strider Gold 850w
    Case
    Sentey - Renegade GS-6200
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    Corsair H80i Liquid Cooler
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    Logitech K800
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There's nothing unsafe about creating a new account and transferring files/settings to it. If you are ready to get used to Al, I don't really understand why you asked the question in the first place.
 

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mvp
Alex,

It's completely safe to create a new administrator account for yourself, and copy over what you wanted from the old account.

To be safer, wait a while before deleting your old account to make sure that you didn't forget to copy anything wanted over to the new one. :)
 

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    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
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    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 3
    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

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Good point, Shawn. That's exactly what I recommended my good friend a year ago when I used migwiz remotely to transfer her files/settings for the same reason.

Yesterday I was helping her with something else and she mentioned she was kind of low on the disk space. Sure enough, she hasn't removed the personal files from the old profile. She didn't need them, but they were sitting there :)
 

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