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    Moving data files to a new user

    I bought a used Windows 7 laptop and upgraded it to Windows 10. While I was learning Windows 10, I kept the former owner's user, a local account named Friendly, which seems to have been created when I upgraded to Windows 10. I uploaded a bunch of documents, music, photos and videos to Friendly's account on the new laptop, and was happy with what I had.

    Then I added a new user, Microsoft account Friendly2, which after some initial difficulties is now working fine. My intention is to delete the local account Friendly, and to have only one user, the Microsoft account Friendly2.

    Right now, I can't see Friendly's documents, etc. when I'm signed in as Friendly2. I need to make them visible from there, and have them stay so when I delete Friendly.

    It seems this should be easy, but I don't even know where to start. What should I do?
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    Lou,

    There are several methods to accomplish what you are after and the number & size of the files in question may dictate the best approach.

    If there are only a small number of files and/or small total size, i.e. they would fit on a USB key drive then I'd just copy them to the drive while logged on the Friendly account then log on the Friendly2 account and copy them back. The virute of this is not only do you have them in the new account but you also have a backup!

    You could also do the same procedure with a USB hard drive if you have a larger volume of data.

    If you have a massive amount of data you could also share the Documents Folder for Friendly and then when you delete the account select the option to keep files. Personally, I don't like this option as there are IMHO too many things that could go wrong, e.g. missing the prompt to keep files for one! OR after sharing logon to Friendly2 and copy the files to that account from the shared folder.

    You could also copy the documents to the Public User then they should be visible to any account setup on the machine.

    Choices, Choices, so many Choices!

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    As long as you have an account with Administrator privileges, you should be able to copy the contents of C:\users\Friendly\documents to C:\users\friendly2\documents. I have two users and I was able to do it. There is one prompt you have to respond to get access to the other documents folder.

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    Retired Geek: I used a USB drive to make the transfer. I had planned on that, but I didn't know if there was some simple trick, since the files are already on the computer.

    This laptop is my first machine with USB 3.0 ports. When I bought it, I also bought a 32 GB USB 3.0 thumb drive, just in case I might need such a monster (my previous largest had been 4 GB). This gave me a chance to use it.
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    jwitalka: That's what I was looking for! Even though I've already used another method, I'll give this one a try, just to be sure I have it in my bag of tricks.
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