Name Change



Edward Revzin
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Is there anyway I can change the name of a windows system folder? In My C:
drive, documents and settings it has a name that I do not want but when I
click to change it I get an error message.

Please Help

Nepatsfan
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Edward Revzin wrote:
> Is there anyway I can change the name of a windows system
> folder? In My C: drive, documents and settings it has a
> name that I do not want but when I click to change it I get
> an error message.
> Please Help

Short answer: No, you cannot.

Long answer: Provide some more information and you might get a
workable solution. For instance, what folder are you trying to
rename? What are you trying to change it to?

If you wanted to rename C:\Documents and Settings\OldUserName
and have it be C:\Documents and Settings\NewUserName you would
need to create a new user account and copy the old user
account's profile into the new account. You have to be logged
on to the computer with a third account that is a Computer
Adminstrator. The built-in Adminstrator account is your best
option.

Here's an article that describes the procedure:

http://www.petri.co.il/copy_user_profiles_in_windows_xp.htm

Good luck

Nepatsfan

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Edward Revzin wrote:
> Is there anyway I can change the name of a windows system folder? In My C:
> drive, documents and settings it has a name that I do not want but when I
> click to change it I get an error message.
>
> Please Help
>
>


The user profile folders (C:\Documents and Settings\Username)
_cannot_ be renamed, even if the associated user account has been.
So, your best course of action would be to log on using the built-in
Administrator account, create a new user account, with the username
desired. You can then delete the old user account(s).

HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;811151


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Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Edward,

As others said, this is not a straight-forward task. You may create a new
account and then copy the existing user profile so that the new profile is
exactly a duplicate of the present user profile. For more information, see
here:

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/dupprofile.htm

Other option is to change the ProfileImagePath registry value and make it
point to a new folder. For more information on this method, see section "To
move only user-specific data" in the following article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314843/

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Edward Revzin" <edwardandangelike@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:u40zSEWaFHA.2076@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Is there anyway I can change the name of a windows system folder? In My
> C: drive, documents and settings it has a name that I do not want but when
> I click to change it I get an error message.
>
> Please Help
>


Name Change