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Changed account name not changing in file system

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    Changed account name not changing in file system


    Let's say during Win 8 install I set up my account name as JohnDoe, then later switch it to John, which now shows in User Accounts. However, the thing is that in Windiws Explorer, i.e., the file system, my account name still shows as JohnDoe. I had put off dealing with this, but having just installed my email client (Sylpheed) it seems to have come to a head. In composing an email, I went to attach a file stored in one of the C:\Users\name\AppData folders, only to discover that AppData and some other folders like that are not showing in the attachment dialogue box, although they do show in Windows Explorer. That made me wonder if the discrepancy in names is behind the email attachment problem. What are the steps for getting the names to correspond? Thanks,

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    Hello Highstream,

    Changing the user account name doesn't change it's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. Instead it only changes it on the sign-in and Start screen.

    User Account Name - Change in Windows 8

    The best way to change the name completely is to create a new account to use instead, then copy any files or shortcuts from the old account into the new one afterwards.

    User Account - Add a New User in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Having set up a full adminstrator account the other day and seeing it blank, so to speak, I need to get clear. When you say copy any files and shortcuts to the new account, do you mean copy everything, including apps? I'd hate to have to start over again. This is a local/admin account.

    The underlying question here is whether or not this name discrepancy is causing an email client not to see the AppData folders. As a test, I changed the account name back to JohnDoe, so the names correspond, and rebooted. Same results with the email client. I wonder what could be causing that.
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    Changing the name of the user account would have no affect on that since they are tied together no matter what user name you changed it to through "User Accounts" in the Control Panel.

    Since you are having that issue, it may be best to go ahead and create a new local administrator account to use instead. You would not need to copy everything over. The programs will still be installed, but you would need to either copy their shortcuts over or create new shortcuts to them in the new account. Files, would be anything in your old account's user folders (Music, Documents, etc...) that you want to copy into the new account's user folders. You would have to setup your email client for the new account as well, but it looks like you may need to do that anyways.

    After a few days to make sure you have everything you need from the old account, you could delete the old account if you like.
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    After a few days... famous last words. Be nice if MS made it easier to set up new user accounts.

    A question: My new user account shows as local, while my other one was local/administrator. Short of deleting the latter, is there any way to getting the new one local/admin. I'd like to turn down User Acct Control settings, but am blocked. Thanks,
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    Sounds like you just missed the step 9 in the tutorial above to change it to administrator.

    No worries. You can sign back in to your old or any administrator account, then use the tutorial below to change the new account to be an administrator.

    User Account Type - Change in Windows 8
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    No, I didn't miss it, just thought that change to Administrator would be the full admin, not the local one. Didn't want to go through that again. Thanks,
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    Nar, only the built-in elevated "Administrator" account is the full one by default.

    Could you post a screenshot of what it shows for this user account in Control Panel (icons view) -> User Accounts -> Manage Accounts to see if it may help ID what the issue may be?

    Be sure to black out any personal information first though.
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    I don't think there's a problem there anymore, once I realized that the Admin choice there wasn't the top level one. In any case, it says...
    Name1
    Local Account
    Administrator

    (Quick Launch folder problem I mentioned now solved from other account).
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    That's great news. I'm happy to hear all is well now.
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