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Want to eliminate MS login and change default user folder

  1. #1


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 (x64)

    Want to eliminate MS login and change default user folder


    NOTE - I'm quite a noob - but can follow directions. Some of your tutorials are awesome!

    Here's my situation. I have preinstalled Win 8 on new desktop, now upgraded to 8.1. When I first started setting it up and it required an account login, I didn't really realize that it was going to exist outside my computer. I used my full name and primary email account for it. Then, it set up a folder(s) under Users (using my name), in the file structure. When I copied over say "Documents" from my Win 7 machine, they now show in a path of: This PC / Windows / Users / (myname) / Documents. I will not be using "the cloud" for anything, and want to only have a local account with Admin Privileges and a local account for using 99% of the time. Hence a multi-part question:

    1) If I make a change to my MS password, like setting it up with a non-identifying username/password with a Hotmail email (which I never use), how will it affect my docs/pics/music/etc that is under Users / myname? If I change the MS login to a LOCAL login, what effect would it have instead?

    2) Is there a way to get (myname) out of the file structure and rename it something neutral, or will that bring chaos?

    3) And, as long as I'm asking things...I created the new Admin-Account and Daily-Account, but it seems like neither of them can access anything. They just get "permission denied" - even on the Admin one. I set up a Hotmail account for them both, so they have MS logins as well. Can I just switch them to LOCAL logins as well?


    Sorry this is so long, I'm just very confused

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Give these a try:

    Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8


    User Account Name - Change in Windows 8

    Please understand that I did not try to unravel everything in your post, or try to answer every question, because it was just too much (for me personally) to try and answer all of your questions; however, the above should get you started nicely. Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Thank you. I appreciate the quick response. (Your advice is worth MORE than 2-cents!

    The tutorials look very promising, and I was able to find more info on changing the name in the /Users directory too. I'm definitely going to try these.


    I'll tackle one thing at a time, so will wait on Item 3 for now.


    Thank you so much for slogging through my painful post.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Tutorials were awesome. Thank you.
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