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Hello,

I've got a new laptop. During setup, I mispelled my choice for username.

I was able to change it in the Control Panel, but a lot of applications still prompt with my mispelled name, and the c:\users directory still has a directory with the mispelled name. It won't let me change the name of the directory.

Is there one place I can change all this?

Thanks in advance,

Steve
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by:KCTS
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The simplest way is to create a new user with the name spelled correctly.
Go to Control Panel, User Accounts and add a new user account
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by:Rob Williams
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Agreeing with KCTS, but once done log on as administrator | right click on my computer and choose properties | advanced system settings | advanced | Profiles | copy the old profile to the new. This way all your settings and e-mail will be available in the new user account.
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by:skbohler
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Thanks.

I'm logged in as an administrator user. But, the Copy button is grayed out and won't let me copy a profile.

Any advice?

Steve
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by:LeeTutor
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Are any of the files in the profile you want to copy shared by other users?  If so, you will need to remove the share before being able to copy the profile.
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by:Rob Williams
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In addition:
-You have to be logged in as an administrator, which is not the old or new user account. This is why I suggested the administrator account.
-If you have been previously logged in as either the old or new user, it often requires a reboot and then log in as the 3rd user (admin user) to do the copy.
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by:skbohler
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I figured out I had to log off as the other user.

Now, if I logon as the admin user (the user I want to copy the profile from), the profile I want to copy is greyed out.

If I login as the admin user (new account I created) that I want to copy the other profile to, where do I copy it to? It wants me to browse to a folder, but I'm not sure what to do next.

Any advice?
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by:skbohler
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There is no administrator account, other than the 2 I created. Do I need to create a third?
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by:KCTS
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If this is Vista you have the "Real administrator" account - you could enable that on  a temporary basis.
Right click on Computer and select manage
Go to Local Users and Groups->users
Right click on administrator and set a password
Open the administrator account and on the properties screen enable the account.
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by:skbohler
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I've got Vista Home Premium, so there are no "Local Users and Groups" (according to my Google research). The snap-in isn't available for the MMC.

I've got User Accounts, but there is no Administrator account available in the view.

Steve
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by:Rob Williams
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The simplest thing to do is to create an additional admin acount.
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by:skbohler
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Once I do that, how do I copy a profile from one user to another? The interface seems to allow me to copy a profile to a location.
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Right click on Computer and select properties
Select Advanced System settings (on the left)
On the Advanced Tab, select SETTINGS under user profiles
Select the old account and then COPY TO
Locate the new profile folder (c:\Users\Username)
*** IMPORTANT then select CHANGE under "permitted to use" and enter "Everyone" ****
then press OK and if necessay confirm the overwriting to the old profile.

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Bingo. Thanks!
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