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Renaming a User Account: A Bad Idea??


cognus

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Friends I have a question: under Windows 7, I have seen "unintended consequences" of renaming a User Account - sooner or later running into permissions difficulties, path confusion, etc.
I have a fairly fresh laptop I just updated to 8.1 and am trying to get it ready for production environment.
Contemplating either changing the only [only 1] User Account name, or minting a new Administrator level account, then nuking the original.

Which path is preferable?

thx :thumb:
 

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Hello Cognus,

Just changing the user name (display name) won't hurt anything, but the original name will still be tied to the user account.
To truly rename the user account along with it's user profile folder, it would be best to create a new account with the name. Trying to manually rename a user account will usually end in a corrupted user account.

Hope this helps. :)
 

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cognus

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Hello Cognus,

Just changing the user name (display name) won't hurt anything, but the original name will still be tied to the user account.
To truly rename the user account along with it's user profile folder, it would be best to create a new account with the name. Trying to manually rename a user account will usually end in a corrupted user account.

Hope this helps. :)
that's about what I was thinking shawn. the goodness is that it is so fresh there is little to give up in nuking the original user account
if I could ask similar: will any serious downside occur from renaming the PC itself, again under win 8.1?
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Win 8.1, Win 10P, Win7-all, RIP XPP, 'droid 2.2, 2.3,4.x, 5..IOS,
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    many: E5440, 430 G1, E45, G4-1117DX, X120E, DC7600, X83VB-X2, NC10, Droids, Galaxy,
    CPU
    too many
    Motherboard
    ditto
    Memory
    ditto
    Graphics Card(s)
    ditto
    Internet Speed
    30mbps

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If the PC is part of a network (ex: homegroup), then you may need to also restart the PCs in the homegroup to have the new computer name show instead of the old one.
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    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

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