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Problem with account still linked to previous account name

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    Windows 8.1

    Problem with account still linked to previous account name


    I bought a new laptop, then set up my user account name in foreign characters because I didn't know it was going to be a problem. After a while several programs had trouble accessing files in C:/users/[old name] because the [old name] was in foreign characters. So I decided to switch my account name to a simple English name in control panel. I had no idea switching user account name would be such a convoluted process. Now in the log-in screen it displays the new name, but all it did was create another folder in C:/users with the new name, the old folder with the foreign name was still there. What's worse is that this account is STILL linked to the files in the old folder. For example when I edit stuff in Acrobat, my author name would default to the foreign name, or in games it would store cache files in C:/users/[old name]/AppData.
    So how do I migrate all the files from C:/users/[old name] to C:/users/[new name], and link this account to the new folder, then permanently delete everything associated with the old account? I don't think I can simply manually delete C:/users/[old name], and expect the computer to magically associate the new account name?

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    Hi there. It would probably be easier to restore it to an earlier date.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Account was created months ago, restore doesn't go back that long.
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Problem with account still linked to previous account name
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