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Changing the computer name/user name


hiwatt
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Hi folks.I got a new computer. I got a new computer that was already set up in the store so the computer was called after the name of the store.I went to computer/system properties and changed the name of the computer there but on the C:drive the main documents folder etc are still showing the name of the store?The same for task manager in processes/user name even though I have changed the name of the user account too?Any ideas how to fix this?Thank you.

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rdave13

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As it's new, do you have the restore discs or have you burnt them yet. Don't know which store sold it to you but it really shouldn't have the store's name on it. Check out in programs how to create the reset to factory settings discs and also see if you can do it via the restore partition.

There are registry fixes but not really what you want with a new machine.

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rdave13

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Another thought, create a new admin account, make sure it runs OK then delete the old account.

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onthelimit1

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I haven't tried this, but worth a go.

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rdave13

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Doesn't work. Creating another admin account and deleting original is the best and easiest way in my humble opinion.

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Jock1e

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hiwatt

Did you get it cheaper as it was probably used as a display model.

It used to be easy enough to change them in XP not sure about W/7 though.

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hiwatt

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Hi yes,it was actually the last one and was a display model.I've not created any restore discs yet as I got recovery discs with the computer.Don't want to reset to factory settings as it's all been updated and set up as I like.I will try and create the new admin account and delete the original though I thought there would have been a way of simply changing the admin accvount name?

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SillBill

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Use onthelimit1's link!

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SillBill

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To change the username try this: Start>Control Panel>User Accounts>Add or Remove User Accounts>Choose the Account you would like to change. Click on it and enter the new name.

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hiwatt

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sill bill and onthelimit1 That's the first thing I tried but it's not changed the name of the main user name folder even though the computer name has been changed?Thanks.

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rdave13

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Create a new admin user account and delete the old one once you know the new account works to your preference.

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