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  1. #1


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    Two user accounts


    I did the 8.0 pro upgrade, then windows updates and on to 8.1 Pro update. When I did the 8.1 I signed using my microsoft account. Then I decided to just use local account. When I created the local account I noticed I have two user folders. Is this normal?

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  2. #2


    UK
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    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    Hi Dude,

    This is normal Behaviour

    Quote from Shawn's Tutorial comments:



    Originally Posted by darnatl
    I updated from Windows 8 home edition to Windows 8.1 home. By old local account, I am referring to the local account I set up for the original windows 8 setup. When I updated to 8.1, I chose to use a Microsoft account to login. While I recognize the benefit, I don't think it is right for me at this time.

    For example, my windows 8 local account user name was "John Doe." When I updated to 8.1, I chose to login as JD@hotmail.com with John Doe as the user name. If I try to disconnect from the MS account, the user name section of the screen in step 7 of your tutorial is automatically populated with "John Doe." When I enter a password and hit enter, it tells me to pick another user name as "John Doe" is already in use.

    Maybe I am wrongly assuming the user account listed in explorer is my previous 8.0 user account. In explorer, the expanded file tree shows: Desktop/Homegroup/John Doe; Desktop/John Doe; Desktop/This PC/Windows/Users/John Doe (and Default, Default.migrated, Guest, Public). However, currently I am unable to switch to any other accounts. If I go to Settings/Power, the only options I see is hibernate, shut down, restart.

    Maybe I am just having a brain fart. In the tutorial, I see your user account associated with MS is "Shawn Brink." In step 7, you create a new local user account named "Brink." After you disconnect from your MS account and login locally as "Brink," are you then able to switch to "Shawn Brink" as a local account?



    Basically when you switch from a Microsoft account to a local account, it basically disconnects (signs out) your Microsoft Account from the PC, then converts your current Microsoft account profile on the PC into a local account instead.

    In my example, "Shawn Brink" was only the display name of the Microsoft account. The account name was "Brink", which is the name of the "C:\Users\Brink" folder. I was able to sign in to the now "Brink" local account afterwards.

    According to the message you got, it's saying that you already have a "C:\Users\John Doe" folder for another user account on the PC. It appears that you will need to use say "John Doe2" for the name instead.

    The "Switch user" option is available on your Start screen "user name" button menu instead now by selecting an available user account to switch to.
    If you like, here's a handy "Power" cascading context menu to make using them easier.
    Hope that helps

    Cheers,
    Harry
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  3. #3


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    Thanks Harry. I removed the local account and sign in with the microsoft one now. I still have dude and dude_2. Now I am want to get it to default to dude
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    Hello Dude,

    Which user account does the "C:\Users\Dude" folder belong to?

    If MS account, then sign in to it, delete the local account, and switch the MS account to be a local account.

    If local account, then sign in to it, and delete the MS account.

    If the Dude2 user folder is still there, then you can safely delete it since it's user account has been deleted.

    Hope this helps.
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  5. #5


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Mines even crazier.

    Click image for larger version

    When reading tutorials and comments that tell me to go to "user_name" app data / Local / etc blah blah, there's never anything in it
    Everything appears to be in the "Windows" or "Public" folder ... I gave up wondering why as when I installed, i created my user name and never created any other users of profiles or anything. I've never even changed anything.
    Don't even ask me what "Mcx1-ANT-PC" is because I cant tell you, I have no eye deer.
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    Thanks Brink, will check it tonight.
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    Guess I goofed somehow. It was a local account for dude, and microsoft account for dude_2. I removed the local account and the dude folder. Now I only have dude_2 but can not rename it to dude

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    Oops. The easiest way is to create a new local account named Dude to have the folder named that. Afterwards, do the reverse to get rid of Dude_2.
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    I created another local account named dude. Then I looked at the user folder to try and the new one was named dude_2dude. I will just live with the dude_2 folder name.
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    If you really wanted to change the user folder name, then you could use this below to do so, but it only changes the folder name. The permissions will still show the original folder's name.

    User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums
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