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After reinstalling Windows 7, problem with changing (single) user name

Q: After reinstalling Windows 7, problem with changing (single) user name

I had to reinstall W7 Pro X64 on my home PC to cure problems with sleep/hibernation.

After reinstalling, I found a single user account had been created named "DELL".

All my previous software (now stored in Windows.Old) referred to user name "Brian". So I changed the name of the DELL account to "Brian". But I then found that although the user folders are sometimes shown as "Brian", at others they are shown as "DELL".

How do I make the change of account name effective for all the relevant user folders? There is no facility to rename C:\Users\DELL; is there some other way?

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A: After reinstalling Windows 7, problem with changing (single) user name

Quote: Originally Posted by hershmab

I had to reinstall W7 Pro X64 on my home PC to cure problems with sleep/hibernation.

After reinstalling, I found a single user account had been created named "DELL".

All my previous software (now stored in Windows.Old) referred to user name "Brian". So I changed the name of the DELL account to "Brian". But I then found that although the user folders are sometimes shown as "Brian", at others they are shown as "DELL".

How do I make the change of account name effective for all the relevant user folders? There is no facility to rename C:\Users\DELL; is there some other way?

Welcome Hershmab to the windows 7 forums.

The best advice I can give you is to create a userid for Brian making sure that it has the same security level as you used to have. Then log off dell and log on to brian and copy all the files to your new userid and then you can remove the Dell userid after your satisfied that everything is there.

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If you have to select a user's icon at the log on screen, then what other user's icon is displayed to select from if you only have a single user account on the computer?

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Very astute questions.
It is suggested that you do not log on as administrator. If you are infected by malware the damage done will be limited
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Hello hopefully I can point you in the right direction to fix your problem.Please read this concerning ntuser.dat a corrupted user profile. this helps and please keep us informed as to whether this helped or not.Kind regards.Bruce.
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Hello Jerry, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think you may have misunderstood what UAC is. Read the links in the green information box in the tutorial below for a more detailed explanation of what UAC is and what is does if you like. The tutorial below will also show you how to turn UAC off.

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Blessed Be;

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Hello ejdpop,

If you mean that you enabled the build-in "Administrator" account, then you could just disable it to not see it anymore.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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The best I could find were commercial programs which are not free.

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I can appreciate your frustration, Russell. The learning curve from XP to 7 can be kinda steep. One of the issues many people first have is the increased security offered by Windows 7. As you said in your post about your XP machines, "They are all standalone PCs -- stable and they let me "in"." That was one of XP's major problems ... lots of malware was able to get in as well as the authorized user(s).

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I have this table for Windows 8.
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You could search to see if the Vista setting is there.
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Hello JoGirl, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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Good morning,

solved it. Disabled the admin account, and removed the pw of my useraccount.
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You can give this a try and hope. The run as adminstrtor feature was put there by the software and not Vista.
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User Account Control (UAC)

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it's not possible to install XP system on C drive from the files that are in C. you have to make a copy on the CD or flash drive and boot up from there.
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A:Problem reinstalling Windows XP

barcar1 said:

My hard drive crashed last week leaving a message on a black screen 'disk read error'.

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Technical info:

STOP: 0x0000007A (0xE10226D4, 0xC000009C, 0xBF9A5046, 0x02CE8860)

Physical memory dumped.

I have two questions: Should I simply try one more time to reinstall Win XP?
Is it possible to reformat the hard drive in DOS mode resulting in any bad sectors being isolated as unusable but the rest of the drive space being formated as usable?

sorry this is so confusing. Hope it makes sense to someone...


Computer: Dell Dimension 4400Click to expand...

Disconnect everything in your computer except the CD-ROM the hard drive and the video card (i.e., disconnect the other drives and or devices and take out any add in cards). Try installing again, but don't format the drive or use quick format.
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Reset CMOS settings to default
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Can I ask for a link and a description of where you downloaded this Windows 7 Installer.

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