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registered user change

Q: registered user change

Ok, I've read the threads on how to change who my puter is registered to by going into regedit, blah blah blah. Now, how do I change the "Documents and Settings" folder name when I search for the old registered name?

That may be confusing, here's an example:

-My puter was registered to "X and Y"
-I changed registered user to "X" by going into regedit
-When I search for "X and Y" on my puter, the "Documents and Settings folder" comes up and still shows "X and Y" as its name and I cannot change the name of that folder. How do I change the name of this folder?


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A: registered user change

Log on to the computer as an administrator.
Create a new folder.
Open the current "Documents and Settings" folder.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings click Show hidden files and folders, and then click to clear the Hide file extensions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files check boxes.
Click OK.
Click and drag to copy all the folders to the new folder, except for the currently logged on users folder.
In Control Panel, double-click System, and then click the User Profiles tab.
Copy the current user's profile to the new folder.
Click OK, close Control Panel, and then log off and log on to the computer as an administrator again.
In Registry Editor, click Find on the Edit menu.
Type documents and settings, and then click Find.
Replace the value data or rename the value or registry key to the new path for each and every registry key and value that contains the original path.

NOTE: You must complete this change for every instance in the registry or your computer may not start. It is imperative that you update all registry keys and values with the new path.

Restart the computer.
You can now safely remove the original "Documents and Settings" folder.

To be fair, It would probably be easier just to create a new user, and move any files and folders that you want to the new folder, and then delete the old user!
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However after adding my son as a user l cannot delete my wife's user profile, does not delete it.
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A:Change registered user

Hi .Take a look, the line about not being able to delete a user who is logged on, that may apply.Louis
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A:Change Registered To on Win XP Pro

To change the information you will need to edit the windows registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version

you can change the options there for Registered Owner and Organization

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This tweak should sort that for you
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A:How to change the registered name

I'd backup that key first, just in case.

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A:registered user ID

The IP address always leads right to you at all times. Generally, the user ID would not be transmitted to web sites, but the Windows product key and activation code are often checked by Microsoft. Also, the media player can transmit a unique player ID that is used by only your machine.

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A:change the name of the person registered

Go to Start | Run
Type in Regedit

In the left pane find the following keys

For Windows 95/98/ME

For Windows NT/2000/XP

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

In the Right Pane, double click RegisteredOwner to modify the strings values,

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A:Change Computers Registered Owner

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A:Change The Registered Name In System Properties?

Well, you can change your name in the registry but mucking around in there is not something I think anyone highly recommends unless you know what you are doing. So doing so is at your own risk and I would make a registry backup before making any changes in there.Go to Start menu and select Run and type regeditFind and go to below key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version Change your name in following subkey :Registered Owner
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A:Completely Changing Registered User Name

You could try creating a new User Account with your name and then delete the old User Account.
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A:Changing name of registered user of computer

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A:How do I change the registered email address in Windows 10 preview?

Originally Posted by Bill Holtrop How or where can I change my registered email address for windows 10 preview?
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Here some links to tutorial forums:[2]=User%20Accounts
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Quote: Originally Posted by CountryBumkin

But how do I get rid of "user1" and replace with "Karen"? Can this be done?

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Hi !!!!!!!!!!

follow the instruction:
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This worked for me:

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A:Can I change my user name ?

Quote: Originally Posted by stevepressman

Hi Mods is it possible to change my user name at all? would like a hyphen between "steve-pressman" like that




Have a read of this:
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Are you using the method described on this page?
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A:Change User name

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Scroll down on the page lionked below and it covers changing the user account:
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Welcome to the Forums!

Please refer to the following Tutorial:

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Press the F8 key repeatedly at boot up or use the Startup disk.

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Answering topic title [How to change User account name:
Changing the name of a created user account or of a created admin account will only change the "face" of the account.
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