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duplicating user accounts...can it be done?

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I have used Carbon Copy Cloner to create a disk image of an OS X build I wish to roll out. I created one admin account and one regular user account. I don't know if it's possible. But can I just change the name of the regualr user account to fit the actual user, or can I duplicate the original regular user account and then rename and change the password of the duplicate? Is this possible? Can anyone detail to me how this can be done. Thanx
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You can just change the name of the regular users account. Just open up your accounts control panel, enter their password, then edit the information as needed.
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The easy way...

Assuming you have two accounts on the computer, you'll be able to access the Account settings under System Preferences (on the dock or in Utilities in the Applications folder).

Click 'Edit User...' and change the Name and Short Name to reflect what you'd like the new information to be.  Click OK and you're done.

The home directory /Users/new.user/ will be updated with the information and all your original, regular user settings should be preserved.
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The hard way...

Depending how much configuration you've done to the regular user account, it should be possible to copy the regular user's home directory (/Users/reg.user/) into a new account to

- From the administrator account, manually create the new user you'd like to make and assign a password (System Preferences on the dock...Accounts.  This will set up all the passwords and system permissions tied to this account rather than just renaming the old one, which would probably leave some loose ends.

- Copy the files from the old home directory (/Users/reg.user/) to the new one (/Users/new.user).  Any system modifications you've done will be in the Library folder specific to that user, so you may or may not want to copy this.  If you haven't done anything involving system preferences...don't copy the Library folder.

- Delete the regular user account both under the Accounts system tab and by deleting their home directory.
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