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Changing the User Folders (and paths)

Q: Changing the User Folders (and paths)

I changed the user name from "user001" to "user888". That changed the name on the login/logout screens. But the user folders and paths all stayed with the old name "user001". As a result some things, like the name installed programs will grab and use, are still called "user001".

Is there a way, short of re-installing Windows, to change all the appropriate folders, paths and registry entries to read "user888" and get rid of the old user name completely?

A: Changing the User Folders (and paths)

You may want to create a new account and move the user files over to that new account. Then delete the old account.

A good explanation can be found from Brink below:
Creating a New User Account Similar to an Existing User Account

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I mistakenly deleted the contents of a user's account folder and was unable to replace the sub-folders manually or by pasting empty ones from another account. If I try to use the account to save files, I just get an error message saying that the folder xxx or file path doesn't exist, depending on where I am trying to save them. This is not just a long filename error and I am afraid that I have caused problems for the user that would affect any Windows 8 account he opens in future, because of Microsoft syncing. What do you suggest?

A:How to reset a user's deleted sub-folders/file paths?

Do you mean you've deleted the entire user folder in the root of C:\Users?

If so, just forget about it, unless you need to restore actual data. Simply create a new user after deleting the old one:

net user /delete DeletedUserNameHere

You can see the list of user names with

net user

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I have my laptop hard drive partitioned as 3 separate simple volumes.

The largest partition contains WinVista and programs. The second partition contains all my data files (D drive). I've got the Documents link pointing to D:\users\don\Documents. I've got Vista configured to read my personal desktop items (the ones accessible only from my user account) from D:\users\don\Desktop. etc etc.

I've got got an automated backup that backs up the entire contents of my D drive nightly.

Now the question is how can I make it so that when a new user is created, the new user has the same settings?


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When I went from Vista to Seven, I wanted to test Easy transfer. I transferred setting (via easy transfer) from one account to a finger drive. Then to a new account. The second account was a copy of the first; desktop, setting, favorites etc. You can pick the settings that you want to tranfer. No cable is needed
Download details: Windows Easy Transfer for transferring from Windows Vista (32 bit) to Windows 7

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My icons are perfectly fine, there are no problems. However, I have these super cute PINK folder icons that I am dying to use instead of the way *yawning* boring blue icons.

Now I imagine there is way to change these icons, or new ones would not be available for use. I feel about my computer the way I feel about my home. It is a reflection of me, and I am not a "default" or "standard" person .

Even if it is complicated I want to know how. Please, Please help me. I don't want to die of computer bordom.

Thank you so much!


A:Changing User Folders

Hello Stanton, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Using this tutorial as a guide, you can:

Open the C:\Users\(user name) folder that you want to change.

Doubleclick on the desktop.ini file to open it in Notepad.

Next to IconResource=, change what is highlighted below to the full path of the icon file that you want to change it to.
In Notepad, click on File (menu ba) and Save.

You may need to logoff and logon, or restart, to apply the change.

If the icon gets messed up, then you can use the tutorial to restore the default icon back.

Hope this helps,

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I used to use drive C for windows and installed programs, and drive D for my files (music, documents, videos, pictures...etc).
The "Music", "Pictures", "Videos" and "Documents" folders in the user folder refers are located at C:\Users\"User".
To change their location to drive D, I right click each of these folders and choose Properties>location and specify the new location (ex: D:\Music)

My problem is that I in fault specified D: only as the new location and clicked "move". This made my music folder looks the same way as drive D looks when opening "Computer", and of course when opening it, drive D opens. I can not create a new folder named "Music" or delete the old folder or change its location back as it was (Restore default" because it behaves as it is drive D itself...

Any ideas to solve this problem???


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I have found some amazing tutorials on this website which achieve ALMOST what I am aiming for... but nothing that quite matches what I am trying to achieve.

I build, and then support many computers for my friends and family. I have recently started making them feel a bit more "manufactured" by using a factory-style recovery option (press F9 at boot to enter recovery / uses a hidden recovery partition etc...).

The issue I have though, is I often get asked to "wipe" someone's computer following a virus/malware infestation (and yes, I do supply AV, but that isn't always enough).

So, I use Sysprep to install all additional software, drivers etc... but the one problem I have is that I like to have, and usually always configure PC's to store items like Documents/Pictures/Music/Videos etc... on a seperate partition.

The problem is, when I configure this in Sysprep - the settings are lost when the user completes OOBE.

Ideally, I do not want to move the entire "Users" directory, I just want the libraries to never look at any folders on the C: drive, only the ones on D: (D:\%USERNAME%\Documents etc...).

I want it so that when files "detect" where to save, it locates the appropriate directory on the D: drive, so they dont have to always manually locate the folders.

The reason I dont want the entire "Users" folder on D: is that following a restore or 2, it will get messy...

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A:Changing default user data folders during install

This may help, or perhaps Kari will have some customized ideas for you:
User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

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Hello! I recently upgraded my computer with an SSD for boot and main programs and use my 1TB HDD for general programs and media storage. The thing is I want it to by default install to my D:\ drive.

Now the only solution I see is editing the registry ProgramFilesDir - Which has some serious flaws. It will attempt to launch every program off of the D:\ drive even when it is stored on C:\ and about 9 out of 10 times, it still default installs to C:\.

Does anyone have a fix for this?

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I have a program that plays music on VB 2008 Express Edition. It accesses music from my memory stick because I'm going to need to move the program to another computer. However, the memory stick was always listed under the J:\ drive, but now randomly it's listed under the K:/ drive. Is there a way so that I can just get the music "into" the program so that it can just play the music no matter what computer it is on. P.S. I also need to get this program to run on XP, and the file path is E:\, I'm afraid that since mine changed randomly, the XP computer I'm moving it to will also change randomly.

Please Help!

A:File Paths Changing Randomly

You can change the drive letter by going to Administrative Tools in Control Panel and them going into Computer Management, there is a section called Disk Management which will show all connected drives, from there you can change the drive path.

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When I first installed Win 7 I simply went with the default user name of "Owner". I wouldn't mind changing it now but I'm concerned about the effect on my shortcuts and so on.

If I rename it, will Windows go through and automatically update all the shortcuts and program paths and so on? My gut reaction is "Of course it will" but I've learned to be cautious with Windows! Will I end up with a lot of tidying up to do?

A:Will changing username mess up paths?

Only the username will be changed. The c:\users\<username> path does not get changed and this can lead to more confusion.

Better method:

1) Create two new accounts. One in the username you want, and one can even call it TEMP if you like.

2) Log in as TEMP. Use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate all files and settings from your old account to the new one you just created.

3) When this is complete, log in as your new user and make sure everything is there and working.

4) Delete your old user and TEMP.

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There is an Excel App on our network that gets used by multiple users. In this app there are some VLookups that pull information from other spreadsheets. The problem we are having is that the physical paths in the VLookups are being changed to relative paths. Instead of using L:\Files\somefile.xls it changes to \\server\share\somefile.xls.

When this happens the VLookup stops working, it's odd because both paths are legetimate but only the one with the physical path works. This is happening on several different spreadsheets and the formulas have to continualy remapped.

All users are using Office 97 but the OS are mixed, Win ME, 2000 and 98. Any ideas?

Here are the Vlookups:

=VLOOKUP($C18,'L:\shared files\[EmpDataLog.xls]RATE'!$B$10:$AZ$642,5)

=VLOOKUP($C18,'\\server01\shared files\[EmpDataLog.xls]RATE'!$B$10:$AZ$642,5)


A:Paths changing in VLookups (Excel)

Hi, Tal. I suspected, so I confirmed with someone else here at work, that your users have drives mapped differently and they really need to be the same.

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I'm trying to figure out how to change my file path names. The system name on my computer is Tsula but all paths still say the 'Owner' thing.

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Know how to fix it? x3

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I think you need to create a new profile and move settings from old to new, How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile - Louis

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On my desktop-computer i have shared some folders with my home network. Then i changed their paths, as i reorganized myself. Now it seems, when I acces the network, those folders paths dont seem to be updated, as i cant access them.

I can now of course "unshare", rename and share them again, which makes them again accessible through the network, but the old "folder names" still remain. why is that, how can i correct it?

Same problem with some old "synched folders".

A:shared folder and changing their paths

Curious, where do the old 'folder names' remain? Just in the drop down menu under 'Map network drive ...'?

If so those paths are saved in your registry.

Best Wishes,

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Hi friends!

I'm experiencing a very strange bug with a custom library. On the odd occasion when I open an explorer pane and navigate to my library on the left-hand side, two of my included folders - which are both located in 'C:\Program Files\...' will change to a non-existent 'C:\Program Files (x86)\...' version of the same folder. If I click on that folder in the library pane it will tell me the folder doesn't exist.

It happens infrequently but often enough to be annoying. It's not immediately clear what causes it or why it stops. When it happened just now I closed all open explorer panes and opened a new one, and the library displayed the correct 'non x86' folder structure.

Any idea what causes this and how it can be avoided?



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What i'm looking for is a tool to look through the registry and replace all instances of "E:\" with "C:\". Does anyone know if such a product is available? It's be a great help.

Thanks in advance

A:Looking for registry tool for changing program paths

Good luck. This is going to turn out to be a real PITA, as I suspect you're finding out.

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This way, if I needed to reformat and reinstall the OS, the bulk of my programs will remain intact.

I've read other forums and they've given skeptical answers to indicate that it can't be done, but I figured I'd pose the question here myself.

A:Automatically changing program install paths

Yea, mostly games are what I had in mind.

I always move the My Documents folder to a completely different physical drive upon each OS installation (I've been reformatting a lot lately due to instablity with recent hardware upgrades).

I've gotten into the habit of keeping multiple, up-to-date copies of select Application Data--most importantly, Firefox browser data. Switching between a laptop and desktop regularly, I also am able to perodically sync the two systems with the same bookmarks, cookies, saved passwords, and the like.

I've heard there's a way to do it remotely with FireFox so you can import them from anywhere, but for this particular purpose I'm more comfortable keeping the information in my grasp.

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Hey Techspot,
The other computers in my network have trouble accessing certain shared folders on my main computer. I have three drives installed, C: my OS drive, and D: and B: file drives. My C: Public folder, another folder on C: and my entire D: drive have been shared for a long time, and are the only paths the other computers can access. Anything I try to share now (except stuff on the D: drive, since the entire thing is share-enabled) will return the "is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource." error.
I can understand why a computer in it's entirity wouldn't be accessible across a network, but as to why certain locations wouldn't work - some on the same drive as locations that do work - I'm at a loss.
Thanks in advance!

A:Certain paths and folders inaccessable across network.

The edit button isn't working so:
I forgot to mention, all the computers are running Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, all on an ethernet lan with a Belkin router.

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I'm having an issue with Windows Media Player for Windows 7.

I imported a bunch of playlists and their associated music files from an XP machine to my new Win7 machine, and some of the music files aren't playing - Media Player simply says that there was "an error" with no further explanation given, but this error only occurs with files with a certain file path.

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This is not the first time I've moved my XP playlists to a Win7 machine, but on my previous attempts I have had no problem simply copying all my music to one folder and playing them in WMP. So I'm not sure why it's not working this time.

I would prefer to avoid rebuilding all my playlists by hand - I really don't think that should be necessary, since as I said I've moved all my data from an XP to a W... Read more

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just reasign new icon back

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Hi everyone,

I got a new HP Pavilion laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. When I booted it up for the first time, there was already an administrator account on it named after the company who sent me the laptop. I renamed the user account and the computer to my name. Unfortunately, this change was not taken over by my profile folder or the profile folder paths. For example, if I go to the C drive and to "Users", then there's the Public folder and underneath it is my profile folder (which has a lock icon) - stuck with the previous name. I can access it and see the picture, music, desktop etc. folders with my stuff in them. I wanted to save a Word Document, and the username in the path was the old one, so that's how I first noticed the issue.

I searched and asked around and found out that I'd have to create a new user account and delete the old one to fix this issue. I came across two sets of instructions. I found one set over here in this Microsoft document for Windows 7 - it is about replacing a corrupted user profile, and it says that one would need THREE user accounts to do it...Very confusing...obviously, my user profile is not corrupt, but it looks like I have to replace it:
Fix a corrupted user profile

The second set of instructions I came across simply said that I'd have to do the following:

1) rename my current account back to the old unwanted name
2) create a new administrator account with my name and log into it
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A:Changed user account name but profile and paths keep old name

Quote: Originally Posted by PallasAthene

Hi everyone,

I got a new HP Pavilion laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. When I booted it up for the first time, there was already an administrator account on it named after the company who sent me the laptop. I renamed the user account and the computer to my name. Unfortunately, this change was not taken over by my profile folder or the profile folder paths. For example, if I go to the C drive and to "Users", then there's the Public folder and underneath it is my profile folder (which has a lock icon) - stuck with the previous name. I can access it and see the picture, music, desktop etc. folders with my stuff in them. I wanted to save a Word Document, and the username in the path was the old one, so that's how I first noticed the issue.

I searched and asked around and found out that I'd have to create a new user account and delete the old one to fix this issue. I came across two sets of instructions. I found one set over here in this Microsoft document for Windows 7 - it is about replacing a corrupted user profile, and it says that one would need THREE user accounts to do it...Very confusing...obviously, my user profile is not corrupt, but it looks like I have to replace it:
Fix a corrupted user profile

The second set of instructions I came across simply said that I'd have to do the following:

1) rename my current account back to the old unwanted name
2) create a new admini... Read more

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i'm sending this out from my iphone, so please excuse the format and lack of capital letters ;-)
i got a new hp pavilion laptop; os is windows 7 home premium 64-bit. when i booted it up the first time, there was already an administrator account on it, bearing the name of the company who had sent me the laptop. i renamed the user account and the computer to my name; but the paths connected to the user profile and the user profile itself (under "users" on the c drive) still have the old name. i did some reading and it seems that one has to rename the account back to the old name, then create a new administrator account with the name one wants and transfer the profile from the old account to the new one, then delete the old account if everything is working well; however, i believe that these instructions are rather for windows xp than for windows 7, and i have no idea how to copy a profile. i am not a computer geek and cannot fiddle around with the registry, and i'm new to windows 7. so: how can i rename the profile paths and my profile folder to MY name - or is it impossible to change, and will i just have to live with it? i also hope that if the situation cannot be changed, then this is simply a cosmetic 'bug' and won't cause any problems.

thanks in advance for your time and patience

A:Solved: Renamed user account, but profile and paths still have old name

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I guess this may be a tiny bit off the subject here, but I am attempting this in windows 7.

I have a program file manager tool called 'Directory Opus' that is capable of calling windows external programs and passing them the current directory the file manager is sitting on.

So far so good.

Now I want to call a cygwin (linux/unix emulator for windows) terminal with that file manager.

Checking properties on the cygwin Icon I got the path: C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico -

So it is a path to a command and an argument to that command.

Actually I guess it is 2 arguments to a command since I think '-' in that position means to feed anything on STDIN to the command. At least that would be true in unix shell programming.

So using the Directory opus setup I pass this call:
[email protected]:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - <and here add {s}>'

So the call ends up:
[email protected]:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - {s}'

That call does just what it is supposed to. It passed the current file absolute address however cygwin terminal does not understand the windows path notation. If I were passing it: C:\subdir\blah\ It would just say 'No such file' Cygwin terminal wants to see /cygdrive/c/subdir/blah Or at least I think that is what is happing.

So to cut to the chase.... I'd like to put a little wrapper to Cygwin terminal in there with the code necessary to convert 'C:\subdir\blah\' to '/cygdrive/c/subdir/blah/'

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A:Dos paths and unix paths conversion

I would ask on specifically this forum:
General Software Discussion -

The reason is I know there are a bunch of DO aficionados, who also use Linux, on that forum. I've never tried DO myself. I have played around with CygWin. But it's been a few years.

If the site wants a donation to sign up just explain to Mouser why you want to post etc.. I think he'll be sympathetic.

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Hi Guys,

One of our staff PC has a problem, the scenarios:

Specs: (Alias Names)
-Company Name: Contoso
-Staff PC under Domain Alpha
-PC Name: Contoso1-PC
-Local Users are: administrators and john
-User profiles:
> operations (contoso domain)
> john (local)
> administrator (local)
-MS Outlook connected to [email protected]

1. remove/uninstall chat messengers, blocked linkedin,facebook,twitter,youtube
2. change User Account Type (Local Staff John Doe) from User to Guest
3. I change the type from User Accounts > Properties > Group Membership > Others > Guest
4. shutdown the system


1. turn on the PC and staff asks for the correct username
2. provides the username, Contoso1-PC\john
3. staff login to his local account using his password


1. staff called and his desktop files are gone and document files are gone
2. IT check the Users folder there are particular folders:
3. john and john.contoso1-pc
4. both folders empty
5. outlook not connected
6. account is totally FRESh
7. IT check on webmail under Domain Alpha, not working the usual password,
8. after an hour, the usual password works
9. IT tried to connect MS outlook 2003 using [email protected] not working saying "outlook.pst is not offline file"

1. files are gone
2. Totally FRESh account

I don't know what happen, guys please help, the FIles are gone.

Hoping your best solution.


A:Solved: Changing User Account Type - User to Guest - File Deleted

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I changed the values in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList in order to move the default user locations to my second partition. I then created a new user profile but when I try to login I get the message 'The User Profile Service failed the login'. When I set these values back to normal, new accounts work fine but I really want my user accounts on the second partition.
What can I do about this?

A:'User Profile Service failed' when changing default user location

I have done this on another computer with success - perhaps I am missing a step out?
The string values (apart from programdata) were changed to E:\..... instead of %systemdrive%\.....

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Hi all,

We are having a real issue with local profiles / user profile service on our domain.
Our staff accounts are using local profiles. When a staff member changes their password something is happening to their profiles on the machines that their local profile is stored. When they try to login the machine is getting stuck at "Please wait for
the user profile service....". It never continues, we have left for 30 mins or more and it doesn't continue.

We are currently having to use delprof2 to remove their profiles from ALL machines they have previously logged into which is a lot of hassle. 

We first noticed this issue when we upgraded our workstations from windows 7 to windows 8. 
I was hoping that upgrading to windows 8.1 would fix the issue but sadly it doesn't. This is causing us major hassle on our domain.

It only affects people with local profiles... our students use mandatory profiles and they are not affected.

Our DCs are 2012 R2. 

I have trawled google but cannot find any information on this. At our yearly microsoft meeting i asked our regional account manager and he couldn't believe the issue. He had never heard anything like this before.

From the event log, the only thing i can see is that it is not finishing the load of the user profile. 
Under user profile service events it shows this:

Event 1: Recieved user logon notification on session 2.
Event 2: Registry file C:\Users\USERNAME\ntuser.dat is loaded at ... Read more

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Hi all,
I installed Windows 7 and ended up with a default user (AxeL) with Administrative privileges.

Now I enabled the default Administrator account and lowered the privileges of my user AxeL (see Accounts.png).
If I open the User Profiles Pane in Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings the size of the user account is unknown (see Profiles.png).

If I switch back the user Axel to Administrators everything works and I can see the right size in the User Profiles Pane.

Does anyone have a clue on this?
I've tried also Vista and 8 and they all seems affected.


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Elevate Axel to Admin account, hide the Built In Admin account: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums

This is the best way to set it up, the reason a new install is issued Admin account. In five years since Win7 beta I've never seen a reason why not, except for one or two of the most incompetent users imaginable. But who is going to be their Admin for them? Having a separate account just makes your right hand ask your left hand if it can act.

Malware is adequately restricted by UAL set to a high setting and your AV. For chronic infection, adding Malwarebytes Real Time protection has IME never had a recurrence of infection.

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Hi, I have installed Windows 7 because I need it for my Degree course and my son's iPod touch. I have only given it 30 gigs of space. I realize I'm going to need more.

I have an external drive that I have formatted ntfs. I have seen a tutorial here

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

that explains how to migrate your user folders to another drive. But I would rather mount (don't know the correct term???) the data to the individual users normal folders, so windows thinks that the Documents folder on the external drive is the Documents folder on the C drive. And Music, Videos etc etc for each user.

How would I do that? Thank you.

A:How to mount folders on external drive to user folders.

hi nothingspecial, and welcome to sevenforums - a very special forum!

User Folders - Change Default Location

is this what you mean?

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Hi guys.

Windows 8 screwed up my old user account so I had to transfer to a new one. Unfortunately that new one was named after my email address for some reason as I logged on as a microsoft account rather than a local one. Hence in my computer its called users/email_000

This is very annoying.

I've read tutorials on this from other versions of windows ie. here : User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Forums

However it doesn't work for Windows 8. When I try one of the earliest steps (renaming the user folder itself) I cant do it as its 'open in another program' even though that User is not logged on.

Any workarounds? Ive created another admin local user, to no avail.

Thanks for your help!

A:CHANGING User Account Folder names as well as User Name

Hello Chookyman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The best method to do this is to create a new user account with the name you want, make it an administrator account type or leave as a standard user, sign out, sign in to the new account, then delete the old account.

Hope this helps,

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I have just done a clean install of Win 7 Pro 64. I have set up four accounts and for each one I have moved the user folders to a separate hard drive by using the Right Click Properties > Location > Move. I have done this for the following folders:

- Desktop
- Downloads
- My Documents
- Favorites
- Links
- My Music
- My Pictures
- Videos

I have done it exactly the same way on each account (and more than once! I've been imaging the disk and have restored backwards a few times.)

The problem is, on three of the accounts, when I move the My Music, My Pictures, and Videos then they do move correctly but three rogue folders appear named Music, Pictures and Videos. And I can't delete then since they are system folders.

But the weird thing is that this does not happen on one of the accounts!

Please can someone explain what's happening and how to get rid of the extra folders as they're cluttering up the users home folder and causing confusion. Also some clue as to why it's inconsistent between the accounts would also help.

A:Moving User Folders - additional folders appear

Hello Lucian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like there may have been a mistake made while moving the user folder's location. You can use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore it's default location to hopefully fix this.User Folders - Restore Default Location
Afterwards, you can try moving it again, but if you are just wanting to save HDD space, then you might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files actually located where you like instead. This way you will not have to worry about any potential issues that come with moving user folder locations. Create a new folder at any location you want.
Move any files you want into the new folder.
Include the new folder into a library of your choice.
If you like, you can also set the new folder to be the default "save" to location for the library as well.
Hope this helps,

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Hi all,

I am trying to move my users, and all future users folders (i.e. documents, desktop, appdata etc) from my SSD to a regular HD.

I followed a few tutorials and moved each folder by right clicking it and clicking the "Move" button on the location tab

After that, I editted the keys here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

To use the HD. I also copied over the folders "Default", "Public", and "UpdatusUser" to the new location.

After restarting my computer everything works but my user has no picture. If I try and change the picture no pictures come up to be selected.

Have I missed a registry key or something? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

A:Moving user folders; User picture error

Welcome to Seven Forums MDGM. Did you follow this tutorial:

User Profile - Change Default Location

Or something else? A Guy

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How do I map existing User Folders to a newly created User Account?

I had existing User Folders on drive D. I added a new drive C and installed the OS on C but changed default location of User Folders to D. Now my existing User Folders are in the Users folder on D but there is no User Account associated with them. If I create a user account with the same name will it map to the existing folder within Users?

I did a test of this. I created a folder called Test within Users then created a User account called Test and logged in. It created another folder within Users called Test.Computername.

A:How do I map existing User Folders to new User Account?

Check this post.


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I have 2 User Folders - say Mog and Mog-PC in my C drive under Users. But I do not have a User ACCOUNT for Mog - only one, an Administrative Account, for Mog-PC which is the one I use most. In trying to get rid of
Mog I have set up 2 other administrative accounts with completely different names and a Standard User Account and copied most of the Mog and Mog-PC folders over to each of them.

Most recently I discovered some of the Mog files were checked as shared, so I went all through Mog and Mog-PC ensuring none of the folders were shared. I then tried deleting Mog Folders AFTER moving any that did not appear in Mog-PC over to Mog-PC. I ran into trouble with deleting the Desktop Folder (most of Mog-PC Desktop disappeared as well). When I tried to delete the Mog User FOLDER, it was obvious the system was deleting files and folders from Mog-PC so I hastily cancelled. (I do have backups to external hard drives of all important stuff).

Anyone any ideas as to what, short of clean installing, I can do about this. System restore has stopped working recently as well. My Windows disk is OEM from Mesh who made encouraging noises about sending a disc when I first rang but who are not answering my emails since. I may have to try to borrow one from friends of my son but wonder if there is anything else I can do first ?

Thanks if you are reading this - even more thanks if you have any ideas even if only to confirm clean reinstall is the only way forward.

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What I mean is, when I set Documents as Small Icons, how can I keep folders inside Documents from doing the same thing? Like when I go into My Received Files, I don't want the pictures to be small icons. I want them to be medium/large. But any change I make in a folder applies itself to every other folder as well.

A:How can I keep all folders from changing?

Hello Andrew and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you access that folder from the C:\Users\(User-name)\My Documents location, then you can set each folder to have it's own separate folder views by default.

The Documents button on the dark right side of the Start Menu however opens to the Documents Library instead. These folder share the same folder views at this location and cannot be changed.

As a workaround, you can open My Documents from your User Folder button on the dark right side of the Start Menu instead. This opens to the C:\Users\(User-name)\My Documents location. To make it easier to select and open, have the Personal Folder (your user folder) set to Display as a menu.

Hope this helps,

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I still don't get it. Being a long-time XP user, I'm used to customizing individual folders. With Windows 7, changing one folder changes all folders. For example, I have a folder on the Desktop named Games that has shortcuts to various games rather than having a lot of individual shortcuts on the desktop. I have no need for the Navigation Pane in this folder, but if I go to Organize | Layout and un-check Navigation Pane, I lose the navigation pane on all folders including Explorer.

I'm pretty sure there's a way to modify one folder and I'm just not understanding it.

Anyway, thanks for your time, Windows 7 Forums is a great resource!

Tom, Vista, CA - USA

A:Changing One Folder Changes All Folders

Quote: Originally Posted by tom7601

I have no need for the Navigation Pane in this folder, but if I go to Organize | Layout and un-check Navigation Pane, I lose the navigation pane on all folders including Explorer.

The navigation pane is part of Explorer's window, not the folder. You are just going have to live with the navigation pane.

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Is there an easy way to change the colour of my folders in XP?

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when i right click on a picture and "save as" how do i change the default folder that always comes up. I save to a different location and would like that one to come up as the default. Thanks

A:changing default folders

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view setting. I like to keep my documents on medium icons, but after a while it keeps on changing back to another setting. Its not like change any of the view setting on another folder which I had tested out but it one folder's view setting doesnt change based on another one. Why is it doing this? anyone knows?

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I'll try to explain as much as possible. I've used Microsoft Safety Scanner as some sites suggested. It detects 4 viruses in my computer. 2 of them are completely removed. Except 2, which is
TrojanSpy.WIn32 Banker (Partially removed)
and another one, I forgot what its name, but it shows partially removed, manual removal required.
I clicked the thingy and hopefully get the solution to manually remove, but it ended up showing me that the way to remove is using Microsoft Safety Scanner. Any ways to fix these both things?
EDIT: Nope, I don't want tweakbit (that software I saw on this site)

A:Folders changing into .scr & more problems

Do you have an anti virus program installed?

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This morning I noticed in WLM 2011 that it takes 5-6 seconds to shift between folders in my email accounts. That's very slow considering before today, clicking on another folder brought up that folder immediately. Anyone else having this problem? I can't imagine what happened. I tried a repair, but the problem persists. Thanks.

Thought I'd add that I do not work a paging file--I had changed that when an update changed my settings back to using one and shutdown suddenly took 2-3 minutes.

Is there a similar setting somewhere that might cause the switching between mail folders to be so slow?

A:Slow changing between folders

The Live Essentials update didn't help.

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Hi there guys...
i use partitions so my personal documents and musics are not inde C: driver.
Is ti possible to change de directions of de "my music, my videos, my documents" folders???
Doing that would be possible for me leaving the musics in the "x" driver and access by the folder just by changing the folders direction.


A:Changing Folders Directions!?

Hi Theo,

Take a look at the following Tutorial to see if that helps you.

Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location

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I would like to change the color of my folder icons. Can it be done?

A:Changing Color of Folders

use icon packager,

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I need to change to permissions on a couple of subfolders.

The names are Data and Tmp and they repeat on several folders as in

et al

I can't change permissions on the main folders only on Data and tmp.

Any suggestions?

A:Help with changing folders permissions

What operating system?

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Is there a way to change the default folder in Windows Explorer? Right now it points to / opens the Documents folder under my library. However, my main 'documents' folder resides on another internal drive (D:/My Documents) which I copied in from XP. I would prefer that when I open my Explorer, it points to that folder.

How do I go about revising the default folder?

A:Changing Default Folders?

Is it something like this?
User Folders - Change Default Location

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my folder settings and views keep changing on their own. some of my music folders become picture folders whenever i view again. some will be viewed as thumbnail even when i have already set it to be viewed as tiles. some folders even change icons on their own. HELP!!!

A:folders keep changing properties

Go to Tools -> Folder Options : View, and make sure 'Remember each folder's view settings' is checked.

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my folders keep changing their view settings after i change them.
i have looked in folder options and the "remember each folders view settings" is checked but they still change. any idea's?

i run on windows XP, NTFS file system

i have run:-

norton anti-virus
free online virus scan(trend micro)

nothing found on my system?



A:folders keep changing view settings

Test in safe mode and see if you still have same issue.

1) boot to safe mode -> make changes -> apply changes
2) reboot to safe mode -> test -> do you have same issue or not?

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Is there a post on how to successfully change the default installation directory for 64bit Windows? I have changed the 2 registry settings in:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\
- ProgramFilesDir
- ProgramFilesDir (x86)

However, when I install software it still defaults to C:\Program Files (x86) or C:\Program Files.

I have 2 hard drives and the one windows is installed on is a 32GB SSD, and I think eventually it will fill up if all applications are installed there. I'm trying to change it to my 150GB 10k RPM drive F:\Applications and F:\Applications (x86)

Please help!

A:Changing Default Installation Folders

I think I may have found my solution here:
Change Default Installation Directory In Windows 7 & Vista

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Hi all, I am new to Windows 7 and am having a problem with my setup.

My computer is used as a CAD station and connected to it is a 1 TB external (USB) drive with all my CAD files on it.

For some reason the folder that has all these files in it is set to read only (F:\NEW)

When I uncheck the box and click apply, everything seems to work though as soon as I click ok the folder reverts back to read only this is causing me a major problem as when using the CAD software (Solidworks) I cant save any changes made to exisiting files.

Has anyone got any ideas?



A:Changing read only settings on folders

Hi Craig ! Welcome to SF !

You may have a try ( may be you have tried it). Right click on the folder, select properties (at the bottom of the context menu) . You will get the folder properties window.

In the folder properties window, at the bottom there is attributes. Uncheck Read only, apply and then ok .

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

If it does not work, you may take ownership of the folder using . ( Unzip, double click install take ownership.reg to merge it with registry, right click on the target folder and click take ownership in the context menu. It will take a bit time depending the volume of the folder) .

Dont forget to post back what happened .

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I have a folder full of screenshots organized in sub-folders. How do I make it so all the folder's and sub-folders' files (the JPGs) are using the Thumbnail list view and are arranged by name? Will new folders added the same view and sorting?


A:Changing List Views to sub-folders

In 'My Computer' or 'Windows Explorer', if you have your folder set to Thumbnail view, Windows should remember it. Just to check, go to Tools, Folder Options, View, and make sure that "remember each folder's view setting" is checked.
But, Windows has a habit of forgetting these settings. It can only remember a limited amount. To increase this limit, run #2(Increase Folder View Size to 8000) at:
Note: you will loose all previous settings.
Alphabetical, in 'Detail' view, click the 'Name' box. Windows should remember.

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Just loaded Win 8 and it has default mail folders that I have no use for "obit" etc yet I want to add some ie "personal".

Have Googled the problem, checked Win 8 help but can't find the solution. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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We've just upgraded out Exchange server to 2003 and a few of us are having problems with Outlook closing when we try to change folders. "Microsoft Outlook encountered a problem and needs to close. Sorry for the Inconvenience."

It doesn't happen every time, but after a few minutes, I can almost guarantee it will.

The Profile has been removed and another one created. It seems to have worked on most of the staff, but a few are still having this problem.

I've even tried starting in Safe mode and this doesn't help. Resetting folders didn't work either.

It also didn't matter if we started in Cache mode or not.

I'm open for thoughts and suggestions.


A:Outlook closes when changing folders

This has been corrected.
After everything was set up and new programs added to the Exchange server, some configurations changes were made to these programs (AntiVirus and GFI Spam program). It seems these changes required a reboot which did not take place until a week later, which also cleared up all of our problems.

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My desktop has an SSD (C:) as the primary/boot drive and a 1TB HDD (E:). Because SSD's deteriorate with every write, I have tried to keep items that are constantly added to or deleted (working files) on the HDD. I just noticed today that the storage folder for my Windows Live Mail were on the SSD, so I changed them to the same location (/Users/(name)/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows Live Mail) on E:. However, strange thing happened when I did that. The Inbox emails all re-downloaded from Comcast's server. . . but the emails I SENT (Sent Items) did not all come over. I got only the sent emails from mid 2013 to the end of February 2014 on BOTH of my email accounts (personal and business).

Why? I looked into the old storage folders on C: and they're empty. What happened to the Sent Items after February 2014?!

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Hey, I would like to change the folders in the list circled in red. Does anyone have a mod or know where to go the settings to do this?ThanksKlink

A:Changing Folders In Start Menu

Hello Klinkaroo may be of some use

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I am applying for some jobs. I need to send in scanned documents. The documents are in a folder in my email. how can I turn the documents in as an attachment via a browser(the browser is what i click on to and it then goes to the company)

A:Changing documents from folders to Attachments

save them to a folder on the Harddrive
and then from the browser - yo should be able to attach them to the website forms

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Does anybody know how to change the default view?
Or globally change the view of files and folders?


A:Changing the view of files and folders?

Don't know if this what you want but...

Go to Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Optoins then View.

There you can restore defaults.

If this is not what you need to do please be a little more specific.

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Folders are constantly changing to applications in my usb.
1.tried all possible ways
2.tried the scan and cmd fix
3.plz tell me a way to fix it. soon as the copying is done and i replug the usb they all change into applications!
plzz help asap i have to submit my schoolwork

A:Folders changing to application formats!

Could please give us a screenshot i cant follow you exactly

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I am running windows 7 Starter with the free version of Microsoft Security Essentials fully updated and ive had this virus for about a week and what happens is it changes all my folders on any usb plugged into my computer to shortcuts.

Originally, I understood last week that there is a virus on my compuer, my flash and also my voice recorder. and it changed all my folders on my computer to shortcuts, i couldnt access regedit or any applications and when I clicked on a shortcut folder a dos prompt would come up and dissapear. So I formatted my computer and all my external HDD's and it fixed my computer anyway.

Now, every time i plug in a usb stick or external hard drive it changes the folders. I did some research and managed to get the folders back and found a suspicious folder on every usb stick called RECYCLER inside it is an .exe called 686c1039.exe and a desktop.inf I have tried, AVG anti virus, Malwarebytes, spyware search and destroy and none could detect it. I also used autorun.inf eater which found a bad autorun.inf on all the external drives, which It deleted. However, when it deleted it and i took out the HDD then plugged it back in the RECYCLER folder and the autorun.inf come back. I should also not a file which I beleive is an .exe (with a recycle bin icon) appears occasionally.

I took one of my usbs to uni to do some work and when my freind plugged in their external HDD with my infected USB the virus went onto his external HDD. So what we did wa... Read more

A:all my folders are changing to shortcuts and they are becoming hidden

With the information you have provided I believe you will need help from the malware removal team. Please make sure that you read the information about getting started first.Then start a new thread HERE and include or required logs.Including a link to this thread will be helpful. Good luck and be patient. Help is on the way!

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Hi, I want to reorganise my My Documents folder to just a few folders that branch out from that however I can't do this when I have application data (Adobe CS3 folders) and game folders taking up space there.

How can I move them to a different directory that the app/game still recognises?

A:Solved: Changing my documents folders

maybe THIS is for you.

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Is there some "simple" way, or a free (or cheap) program that would enable
me to change a few Folders from the basic-yellow to something else ?

Have a few that I would like to highlight,and show differently, if possible.


A:Folders: Changing From The Basic-Yellow Scheme ? Possible ?

Hi Bob ... Folder Colorizer might be the Program you are looking for ..

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I can change the size of a folder to be able to view all the icons in it, then close the folder when I am done. Half the time when I reopen a folder it has changed to a different size than what it was when I last opened it. This never happened when I had Windows XP, but now that I have upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium it does this most of the time. Does anyone have a fix for this problem? It's driving me nuts!!! Any help would be deeply appreciated. Thanks...

A:Size of folders keep changing each time they are opened.

I'm not sure how well this works. But it may be worth a try. Hold down the shift key while sizing the folder with the mouse. It may remember the size on next open. The other possibility is WinSize2 freeware. It remembers window sizes and can resize and position them as soon as they open.

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Originally my intention was to go the whole nine yards with WMC, ie, the dual digital TV tuners/PVR thing etc etc. However, I ended up getting a deal on a Sky+ box, so, long story short, I really just use it to play music and movies. I don't have an extensive picture library and so on, so I just get it to watch the \Music and \Movie directories. All the others have been removed from the watch-list and now I would like these other folders to die with dignity as far as the main interface is concerned. I don't want to have to go up (to Pictures) then across to Videos. I know this may seem as if I would be interested in hiring someone to do my breathing for me, and maybe I won't lose any sleep over it, but I would like to slim down the primary interface if it can be done.

A:Changing Folders Displayed in Media Centre

I personally haven't got round to trying it, but these MAY point you in the right direction:

Customising the VMC Start Menu - Australian Media Center Community

Customize the Media Center Menu | Media Center Guides

You might have to wade through this one:

The Green Button - Removing Unwanted VMC Start Menu Items

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I have a question regarding mp3 music files in folders. I keep these files (all album folders) in music folder on desktop. When I click any subfolder of these albums, I'd like to view them by track number, file (song name), artist and album name. (as shown in the screenshot below).
The problem is Windows 8.1 default gives me certain details such as type, size, date created. I know that I can select and unselect the little boxes after I right click the column header.

Is it possible to change the default for these details?


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I am running windows 7 professional with the free version of AVG fully updated and ive had this virus for about a week and what happens is it changes all my folders on any usb plugged into my computer to shortcuts.

Originally, I accidently opened a bad mail attatchment from kingdom of loathing and my compuyter kept comming up with critical system errors, basically a scareware and it changed all my folders on my computer to shortcuts, i couldnt access regedit or any applications and when I clicked on a shortcut folder a dos prompt would come up and dissapear. So I formatted my computer and all my external HDD's and it fixed my computer anyway.

Now, every time i plug in a usb stick or external hard drive it changes the folders. I did some research and managed to get the folders back and found a suspicious folder on every usb stick called RECYCLER inside it is an .exe called 686c1039.exe and a desktop.inf I have tried, AVG anti virus, Malwarebytes, spyware search and destroy and none could detect it. I also used autorun.inf eater which found a bad autorun.inf on all the external drives, which It deleted. However, when it deleted it and i took out the HDD then plugged it back in the RECYCLER folder and the autorun.inf come back. I should also not a file which I beleive is an .exe (with a recycle bin icon) appears occasionally.

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A:Computer changing folders to short cuts

With the information you have provided I believe you will need help from the malware removal team. I would like you to start a new thread HERE and include a link to this thread. Please make sure that you read the information about getting started before you start your thread.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.

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Hello, here is a link to the original threadOriginal PostI have been asked to supply logs aswell which are attached. Although I followed your guide and when I went to use GMER the only things I could uncheck were services, registry and files aswell as the drives on my computer. The rest were greyed out including show all. However, i ran the scan and attached the results anywayThankyou for your help*** As an update***So as I explained in my other post I formatted my c: drive which seemed to fix the issue. But then when I plugged in the infected USB hard drive into my housemates vista laptop. The Recycler folder with the 686c1039.exe.exe inside reappeared. However, the laptop's virus checker popped up said there was a trojan and removed it. Now I have plugged the same hard drive back in the school computer and the recycler folder has not re appeared nor are my folders shortcuts. School computers are windows 7, they have xp computers aswell so i shall try on them too later Dylan

A:Computer changing folders to short cuts

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Hello, I have recently undertaken to get my pictures folder all sorted out and I have got a couple of thousand pictures there. I have been trying to make individual folders within my folder in categories so that I can sort things.

The problem is that in each of these folders I have to keep clicking on "View" and then "Extra Large" over and over again. Isn't it supposed to stay like I put it without me having to re-tell it over and over? It keeps going back to the default size of the pictures.

It is quite frustrating and tiring to have to keep on re-setting the picture sizes for the hundredth time.

A:Folders files keep changing back to default

Go to C:\users\(your user name) and right click on the parent folder, say Pictures, and go to properties. Now click the customize tab. Now set the "Optimize this folder for" option to what you want and make sure to check the box for "Also apply this template to all subfolders" If you optimize for "Pictures" you should get large icons as the view. If you don't get what you want just go back and change it to something else.

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Please consider these two keys:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]

What is the main difference between these?

I've changed first the keys under Shell Folders and then under User Shell Folders.
It was only until I'd changed those under User Shell Folders (after restarting the machine) did the changes take place.
Shell Folders seem not to be taking effect at all.

A:Registry: differences between Shell Folders and User Shell Folders?

First off, have you created a registry backup? This is MOST IMPORTANT!! Dabbling with the registry can seriously damage your OS and should only be undertaken if you know exactly what you are doing!!!
Here's the definitive answer to your query:
Windows Registry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Is it possible to change network user ID's in NT4?, maybe in a config file or in the registry?
Im doing a bit of spring cleaning here, and it would save me alot of hassle
If not I can just copy the old profile over to the new user I think?, just thought it would be easier if i can just alter the ID .

A:changing user ID's

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Dell Inspiron 15R, Windows 8, i7 processor, etc. etc.
I seem to have made a typo the very first time I used this computer, back in October.  In File Explorer, under Windows (C:) is a folder called "Users".  In that folder are two subfolders, one called "Public" and the other called "Jphn" - because I apparently hit the "p" instead of the "o" and because of bad lighting or eye fatigue did not notice it in time.
So of course any time any piece of software has to identify or record the user, it records "Jphn".  Question arising: is there any way to change that, or is it graven in stone for the life of this computer?  My name is really "John" and not "Jphn" <G>.
Thanks for any enlightenment!

A:Changing user name?

I don't think that's the correct way to change your account name.  To change your account name:
Press the Windows key and X together or point to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click.
In the menu that comes up click on Control Panel.
In the Control Panel, navigate to User Accounts and Family Safety-->User Accounts.
Click on Change your account name.
You will have to provide Administrator permission if you are not logged on as one.
Enter the name you want on the next screen and click the Change name box.

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When i was creating a new account, i decided to name the new account 'Test'. Later on i renamed it to my name. The problem i have isn't a big problem but just a little annoying. It's still originally called 'Test' on the computer, for example, when my i'm entering my screensaver password, the user name will be displayed as 'Test'. Is there any way of actually changing it?

A:Changing User Name?

The easiest way I've found is just to make a new user account, move over any documents you want and then delete the old account.

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Hello, how would I go about changing the user name under the task manager? I have accidentally entered an undesired user name while installing Windows 7 and I managed to change the user name on the welcome screen to a desired name. To be in short, the name on the welcome screen is different from the name under the task manager. How do I fix this?

A:Changing The User Name

There is no simple way to do it. You can change the "welcome" name, but the profile doesn't change. If you want both changed, you could use either the "profile copy tool" or Windows Easy Transfer. It would basically mean backing up the existing profile, logging in as "Administrator," deleting the user entirely, recreating the user with the proper name, and restoring the profile into that user name.

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I'm setting up the first Win7 computer on our XP network. One problem remains. I need to access a printer on the server (Windows Server 2003) with a Net Use batch file to print from a legacy DOS app (I know...). I keep getting 'access denied'. Typing NET USER at a command prompt shows that this ONE guy has a two word user name (Joe Smith). Everyone else is just Mary or Tom. I can't make two names work in the batch file. Does anyone have an idea how to fix this?

A:Changing 'Net User' name

right click on the command prompt in the start menu, and click "run as administrator"
then type in your net commands.

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Vista is new to me. When I set this pc up I named the PC "MomPC" and somewhere in the set up as the admin I named me as the user/admin "Dad". It is my wife's PC so I decided to add a user name for her i.e. "Sue" and then change my name to a name "Mike". The problem is that while in the startup screen it gives a choice of Lisa or Dwight, when under the folders "USERS" it shows three folers Sue, Dad and Public.

I can not figure out how to change that folder. When going to this PC in a network it says //MomPC/Dad under users instead of my name. When just looking in the "explorer" menu under User folder it is also "Dad". My name is at the top folder but when you click on it in contacts it takes you to Dad.

Can someone tell me how to rename / restart the main folder for user #1 so that the PC will say "MomPC" as the name (as it does today) but the adminstrative user will say "Mike" for example. Today I have changed it in the properties.

A:help changing user name

I encountered similar problems during several Vista client calls during 2007. My experience is that you will not be able to change the folder names that contain the old user account name within your existing system. You must reformat the hard drive and reinstall Vista ? and start clean. I have found that during the initial Vista installation there are hundreds, if not thousands of folders and files, registry keys, data, and indexes that either contain the original user name or is associated with an assigned code (SID) and then protected by Vista?s User Access Control (UAC) feature. The SID is then used for folder/file ?permissions? (what you have access to and do not). Vista may allow you to change the user account name, but any file names containing the old name will remain.

The PC name and description can be changed via the Control Panel ?
?Computer Description? ? Start >> Control Panel >> Systems and Maintenance >> System >> Change Settings.

?Computer Name? - continue from ?Computer Description? - >> ?To rename this computer, click Change? >> Change. Enter the new name for the PC. Note that you will see the old name from time to time as it is kept in the system?s registry.

In addition, I would advise that you be careful when renaming user accounts and especially prudent should you change the account type (e.g., from Admin to Standard User or vice versa). I have seen a situation where the Administrator is dem... Read more

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November 7, 2003
Something keeps changing the user name of my dial up account. Last two days I try to logon and I get a message telling me that my name and password are not valid. Sure enough the name has been changed to ++. So I change it back but the next day it is the same thing again with the ++ instead of my name. I just ran Adaware. Can someone please check my HJT log? Thanks.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.3
Scan saved at 19:08:04, on 11/7/2003
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
D:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
D:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\AdvTools\NPROTECT.EXE
D:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033\OLFSNT40.EXE
D:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zonealarm.exe
D:\Program Files\RealVNC\vncviewer.exe
D:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
D:\Documents and Settings\Paul\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet... Read more

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Hello all.

I have a laptop, XP PRO SP2. My user name is Alan, yet I was compiling some java work the other day and instead of saying C->docs+settings->alan
It says C->docs+settings->user.

Its not a major problem, however it would be nice to have it changed.

I do not particularly want to make a new account and transfer things over to it and delete the old one.

Any ideas?

A:Changing User Name

When your account was first setup it had the name of "User" - then, at some point, it was changed to "Alan". Rather than change everything that references the account, Windows sticks with the original file folder name. The only way I know to fix this is:1) Rename the Alan account to something else2) Create a new account named Alan3) Use this link to transfer the stuff from the old profile to the new one:'ve tried changing the name of an account and then changing the folder name to match it (in my XP VM) and while the change appears to be allowed, it results in a new profile with the new name. The old profile doesn't appear on the login screen either - so I'd recommend not doing this.

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I don't know why my computer started doing this but yesterday I was going through one of my folders and I noticed the sub folders all looked a little strange. When I single click the folder to view details it says the name of the folder and right under that it says "screen saver." Usually it says file folder. I haven't changed any settings at all and I'm pretty good at troubleshooting. I tried going to folder options and trying some stuff but nothing. Any help is much appreciated.

A:My computer is changing regular folders to screen saver? Please help

Can you post a picture of what you see?

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Hello everyone

I come with a question to which at this point I am not sure if there is an answer.

Back when I had Windows 7 I used Stardock IconPackager to change the icons on my pc, included the ones of the thumbnailed folders, and it worked quite well.

Since the program is not compatible with Win 10 I've been trying to do this manually but haven't been successful as of yet.
Spent all day reading the old threads on the Win7 Forums, and followed different methods, such as:

Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
(but it only worked for empty folders or only in small, list or details view, just as the warning says).

Then I tried this more advanced one:
Folder Icon - Change Default Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
and I think I've done everything correctly because if I use Resource Hacker to check imageres.dll under both System32 and Syswow64, the custom icon shows as you can see on the screen:

I replaced 3, 4, 5 (back), 6 (front) and 162 (full).

Obviously I have rebuilt the icon cache and used cleanup to delete old thumbnails and restarted.. It worked but weirdly, for instance I had my "Pictures" folder inside of which half folders had the new pink icon with thumbnails, and the remaining half didn't. What was weird was that if I opened one of those folders and did some change inside (rename, delete a picture) and went back, it would have reverted to the yellow default one.. :S

Tried re-rebuilding the cache etc but they didn... Read more

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for the last 5 days all my folders on my windows 7 desktop have changed to general items, including those in my pictures library, music library, and my document library after I reboot the computer. there is quite a bit of information on this out there and dozens of fixes; sadly, none of them worked. these are my attempts that failed:

can you techies give me anything else to try?
edit: I logged off so my sister could log on to her UA and she goes into the same D: drive where we keep pictures we both use and her UA doesn't exhibit this problem in there or in any of her personal folders

A:how to stop all folders from changing to 'general items' after reboot?

This happens to me also from time to time, using Windows 7 Pro. ?Each account is supposed to save user preferences, correct? If so, is there a disk-cleaning utility that is deleting preference-saving file[s]? I'm asking because that happened to me during my Windows 95-98SE days, and wondering if such can happen within Windows 7. I'm going to watch and learn from the techs here.

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I intent to have all folders opened in explorer that contain prevailingly audio files to be viewed as tiles. I guess I already have seen this tweak somewhere but can't remember where...Anybody knows? Thanks.

A:Changing default view for folders with audio files

Hello Anakunda,

You could use the tutorial below to set the audio folder with say a Music folder template to the view setting you like, then set that folder view to all folders with the same folder template (ex: Music).

Folder View - Apply to Folders

Hope this helps,

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Hi all,
Here's something that I hate. Tile view. I like icon view much better since they are smaller and pack closer together than tile view. The problem. I must change the folder view for each folder I come across that has not been changed previously and sometimes the view changes back to tile. Is there a registry fix I can implement to change the default from tile to icon? I can't seem to find anything like that anywhere so it either doesn't exist or can't be done. I'm thinking there just has to be a way to change this in one fell swoop instead of the constant, annoying folder by folder change. Thanks.

A:Changing the way icon/folders appear in one system wide change

You can set your folder options for all folders in your system.
Open Explorer (aka My Computer) and open a folder of your choice
Use the View menu and set the "style" (Details, Icons, etc.)
Now use the Tools menu, Folder Options (see screenshots)
NOTE - Ensure the Remember each folder's view settings is check in Folder Options

You MAY be interested in the Folder Size plug-in

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Is it possible to change the size and number of folders displayed, such as in My Documents, or My Pictures? Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] changing size / number of folders displayed?

in Windows Explorer go to the tool bar View and choose List or Details for smaller icons which are more visible

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Can I hot-swap a SATA II HDD out from Computer A into a properly configured SATA port in Computer B, then to access any files located under the "<driveletter>:/USERS/<username>/" folder and sub-folders by changing the permissions using a Computer B admin account (Which I don't see any problem with up to his point), but then, the permission change made to the HDD, will it cause problems when I return back to it's normal role as a Win7 system disk on Computer A seamlessly (yes it will obviously be booted normally, it does have a BOOT partition), or will these changes lead to problems. I've never done this and I'm just trigger-shy I think! I have to plug it straight into the MOBO via hot-swap PNP - IOW, I can't use a USB connector to attach as an external HDD. Any words of wisdom handy?

Thx in advance!

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Hello everyone, I have had several folders with random numbers and letters on my computer for quite some time now. They're located in the C:\(Username)\App Data\Local folder. There's a few folders that have {FFF9808001018839} or something similar to that. When I click on them, they don't have anything in it. Some have another folder or two, but there's nothing in them either. I don't why they're on here or I should delete them or not.

I'd like to know what kind of folders are safe to have and what are not. I'm worried I may delete something that's important to my system. Before I delete anything, I do research online and I don't delete it unless I'm 100% sure that I have to. Some of things on here, may be from downloading music, programs, and videos. But none of them are on my computer any longer and I'm afraid there could be some things that shouldn't be on here.
(My computer is always running fine and there not affecting anything. It's just annoying to see all of them there and I would like to have my computer as clean as I could have it).

The other question or issue I have is that my computer seems to have the stock name on it. Three numbers and two letters. For instance my documents and files that I create are saved under C:\454HX\Documents\English Essay

That's not what it is of course, but it's similar. It's really annoying to have because it makes me feel like it's not personal. Yes, I know to go the Control Panel and Username and Account Settings. I have ch... Read more

A:Folders with random numbers and letters. Changing Computer name?

The folders you are finding in the AppData folder are just temporary folders used for things such as installations. It won't do you any harm to delete 'em, obviously because they are empty, but it also won't harm you to just leave them. If you are worried, just make sure you have an Anti-Virus with Real-time scanning. Do a full scan with Malwarebytes too, its more effective than other solutions.

I do not understand your second problem much. Are you trying to say that your User account folder in C:/Users/ has a different name than your User name? And does your real proper User Name show up in the Control Panel?


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This is a problem that has been happening for a while now.
When I click on My Computer I get the flashlight/hourglass looking for drives. this can sometimes take minutes. When I save/download files and change destination directory it does nothing and then after sometime it pops open the window to select directories. In IE if I type an address or click history dropdown it takes awhile to register and then enters the site (Firefox works fine). I feel these are all connected to one problem source but am unsure what it is. Another more recent problem that might or might not be related is that the system will freeze for a few seconds. I would like to try and FIX the problem so I can learn as oppose to just reinstalling just because its easier
What app/script does these things?...dropdown menus and drive selection search...maybe VB? I am unsure.

My system is 2.4ghz Celeron 512MB Ram running Win XP Pro

A:Very Slow changing Directory Folders/ selecting drives

To download HJTsetup.exe To Download HijackThis go to the following:;dl=item5
Filename = 1137518044HJTsetup.exe
Save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

A security expert should take a look at your log - please be patient.

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If I have c:\ listed it showes

+ Docs
+ program files
+ this

Anyways when i click say docs, it expands (in the left menu) automatically.
I dont want it to do that unless i click the + sign. Is there a way to fix this?

A:WinXP, WinExplorer browsing folders (not an error, just changing)

Do you have your system set to single click or double speed?

Also what is the make and type of mouse you have?

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I recently set up a new Windows 7 machine and, when asked for the name to be given to the users folder, I let it use the default name USER. I set up an account with my name on it but the folder name is still USER. It's locked and Rename isn't listed in the options menu displayed when I right-click it. How can I change the folder name?

A:Changing the Name of a User folder

Open your Start Menu and left-click on the photo in the upper right corner. The Account panel will open and you will see the option to 'Change Account Name'.

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I am running Vista Home Basics, 32 bit, SP2, and have often the following problem.

When I log in as a normal user (not admin) and log-out or choose `switch user` I get a Black Screen of Death, in which the screen is 100% black. Not even a mouse pointer can be seen. The ONLY way out is to push the power button long enough to initiate a shut down (without switching off the PC).

This behavior is just for one user, and it does not happen all the some. Sometimes the log-off and/or change user just works as expected (black screen for a very short time, then I see the user selection screen).

Anything I can try to fix this problem? I also do not know what is so special about this one user, or what I need to do to reproduce this behavior...

A:KSOD when changing user

Sounds like either a corrupt profile, or a program running in the background is hanging and blocking exit.

Check Event Viewer Application log and see if that gives any clues.

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(Sorry if this is in the wrong area I cant find any area of this forums relating to user accounts).

So I changed my user account to the Windows 7 Super Admin account because I am easily annoyed when a computer tries to lock me out of areas :P I am completely okay with this and have no issues. However, many people keep telling me all about how this is a very bad thing to do, e.g. if I get a virus the virus has full control of my system. I dont disagree with this and I can understand it, I just find the benefits of super admin outweigh the risk considering I generally know what I am doing, how to avoid viruses, etc.

I have considered though swapping back to a regular admin account and enabling UAC, however there is so much data, programs installed, program preferences, etc stored on my user, last time I changed it was about a month before things were back to normal. Does anyone know how I could just change the permissions of my current account (the super admin account)?

I somehow doubt it is possible, considering this is the super admin account, if anyone instead knows of a good user migration tool that can transfer data from user to user that would also be great.


A:Changing User Permissions

If you were to change the permissions which applied to your current account, you would effectively be changing the permissions for the system admin account. Anything executed or done as system admin would be within the confines of the set parameters, which may have an effect on certain applications, depending on how they are coded.

To draw comparison, its like having superuser and user in linux, and allowing su only to do what user can do, thus eliminating any possibility of using elevated permissions through su (su or sudo would still happen, superuser still exists, but permissions would be rejected)

It is slightly different with Windows 7, and it wouldn't be that drastic, but there are some processes I believe which rely on the system administrator account.

That being said, I'm not sure how you would go about stripping the Sytem Admin account of its power in the first place, or even if its possible.

I sounded much more helpful in my head than I actually was. Ah well :/

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i got a question
how would i go transfering an account to the administrator account

i am saying this because on my other computer, their is an account called "user" for some weird reason and i have been under that without knowing until last time,
and now i want to move that account to the administrators where it should be... how would i do that?

A:Changing user accounts...

What OS are you using? And I guess inorder to make an account as administrator one needs to have the necessary privileges. Therefore inorder to change an account to administrator one has to do so from the administrator's login...

If you are using Win XP then this link could be useful -

Understanding User Accounts In XP

Hope this helps...

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I recently changed the name of windows ID from Control Panel -> Users, but only the Start menu reflects that change.

My system folders, Task Manager etc. still shows my old name. Is there a way to completely remove my old name, short of a reformat?

A:Changing Windows User ID

Change the Registered Owner and Organization in the registry - Windows XP

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Hi all'
OS windows xp on emachines 3230 pc.
I need a little help here,when i log on as another user and open up internet explorer nothing happens just a blank page with a exclaimation at bottom left corner,then a window pops up saying internet explorer script error but the window dosent show any error codes.i've checked all my settings and cant see any differences,I use sky broadband and mcafee security through a netgear router,
when i use my laptop(vista)i can open up internet explorer as another user and it will work ok.can anybody help..pls



A:can't get internet when changing to another user

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How can I make XP when booting, use a preferred user instead of defaulting to using a user that does not see my NIC or does not allow the current user to be surf with a message

Source userenv
error 1500
Windows cannot log you on because your profile cannot be loaded. Check that you are connected to the network, or that your network is functioning correctly. If this problem persists, contact your network administrator.

DETAIL - Incorrect function.

This message refers to a default user XP loads ' NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE' which is not the normal user and thus gives basic privileges only and excludes the ability to surf..using my NIC

The user all my files are in is 'owner' how can I get XP to open the owner user file at boot and remember it

A:XP default user changing

How many...and what profiles...are reflected in User Accounts in Control Panel?


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hey...i installed windows today, and because i had a user folder already named "Üb3rh4x", it named my current user "Üb3rh4x.DYLAN-A49121529", and alot of programs wont let me use this directory for anything because it contains non ASCII characters. how can i change the name without screwing up my profile?

A:changing user folder in XP

You can't as far as I am aware. Any manual attempt will corrupt Windows, if you are successful that is.

Create a new profile. Copy the important files over. Delete the old profile (via Control Panel)

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I acquired a new PC which already had a local userid supplied by the vendor (without a password). I lieu of creating a new user which apparently requires I-net access as it requests an email address I chose to rename the one supplied by the vendor. that worked fine however, it did not change the folder under the Documents folder and their does not seem to be a way to rename it.

What is the best way of getting this corrected and still accomplishing my original objective?

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