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06-18-2012, 10:29 PM
I am a Windows 8 user and want to rename my user account in Windows 8. More detailed suggestions would be appreciated.
06-18-2012, 10:40 PM
Welcome to this Windows 8 forums.
Rename or Delete User Account in Windows 8 (http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/6cde20/rename-or-delete-the-user-account-in-windows-8/)
Hope this info helps.
06-19-2012, 02:21 AM
Hmmm, I do not have some of these options. The Change Name option is not there
This is mine.
These are displayed in the article:
I do not get an option to Change Account Name.
06-19-2012, 05:35 AM
Or when you place mouse in top right corner to get charm bar and then select Settings - at the bottom of the bar you will see "Change PC Settings" from there you can also make this adjustment.
06-19-2012, 05:38 AM
Again, I do not have this option in the Metro side of things.
06-19-2012, 06:03 AM
Ted I don't think this option is available in Metro, you have to go to desktop.
06-19-2012, 07:50 AM
Have tried both. I spend almost 100% of my time on the Desktop and consequently tried that first. I'll play with it a little when I get the chance. Perhaps this is related to the fact that I sign on with my Live account. I'll investigate that possibility in a while.
06-19-2012, 08:03 AM
I sign in with my windows live account, so doubt it is that.
06-19-2012, 08:20 AM
I get the exact same Control Panel whether I go to it from Desktop or Metro. In fact when going to Control Panel from Metro it opens the Desktop Control Panel. There is evidently some other issue at work here. I will get to it eventually.
06-19-2012, 08:28 AM
I just changed mine!
But I changed my control panel to show me all the detailed functions as small icons.
Then I went to Users and there it was...Change Name.
I just changed my name from Beauregard to TechnoMage. lol
Works for me!
06-19-2012, 10:00 AM
OK, here is the answer. I had to change to a local account to get the change name option, which I did. When I changed back to the Live account sign on, the Change Name option was gone again. So I guess that answers my question. I am unsure the difference with my account and John's account, but that is my answer.
Just so we are clear though, this only changes the sign on name. It has no effect on the Users, 'User Name'. That is almost impossible to change without a re-installation. From everything I have read this is a very difficult and involved process.
06-20-2012, 11:32 PM
Create new username (with desired name) with Administrative privileges. Manually copy all your documents and all other files (desktop and shortcuts) to that new username. Then login with new username. When you are satisfied then delete old username (beware, it may also delete all "My Documents"/Desktop of old username).
06-21-2012, 02:51 AM
It probably will delete anything you don't transfer to the new user. Also, any pointer to the old user will loose their ability and will have to be manually reset to the new user name. As I said a very involved process, not for the faint of heart. Just does not seem worth the time involved, especially when there is a very good chance of forgetting something or loosing something.
There might be less a chance of loosing something if data is kept in a separate partition. Then you would have to change all data folders to point to the new location, again quite a bit of work.
06-21-2012, 07:40 AM
When someone Gives you a computer, or you find one at a Yard Sale, ect., the quickest and easiest way to clean it up without destroying the Legal OS already installed, is to:
First create a new user with Admin privileges.
Then log on to the New User and in the Control panel under Users, delete the old user.
That will take out all their personal data.
Then of course, look through the remaining folders on the hard drive for junk to delete
and look at the Add/Remove programs section, for old programs that you don't want or need.
It usually doesn't take very long and the result is that the computer is now "Yours".
I can't even remember how many times I've had to do this. It just works. *
* But don't try to remove the old user, before you create the NEW User and log in to it.
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