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Rename user profile folder?

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    Rename user profile folder?


    I just got my Sony tablet back from repair through the Microsoft store. In fact, it is a replacement unit, so the system is completely fresh. However they didn't use my preferred user name. The profile is located at C:\Users\Stephen, while I prefer C:\Users\Steve. Renaming the local account from Stephen to Steve didn't change the profile folder name.

    What's the best way to fix this?

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    Hello Steve,

    The best and safest way to do this would be to create yourself a new account named Steve to use instead, and delete the old account later while signed in to the new one.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Ok I've tried that, but I also need to copy the profile too and can't figure out how. I tried xcopy while booted into repair mode with a command prompt. But that messed up the new account. I recently was able to copy a profile in Windows 7, but can't figure out how to do it in 8...
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