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    Copy Desk & all settings to new User Name? (WinXP Ver 2002, SP1)

    Copy Desk & all settings to new User Name?

    Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 2002, Service Pack 1

    I purchased a Window XP Professional computer and the vendor setup a user account named John for me.

    Start, Logoff shows John
    Start, Switch User shows John

    When I look at the disk directories I see the following:

    Cocuments and Settingsmgmgg
    C:Windowsmgmgg.acl
    Cocuments and SettingsCookiesmgmggDesktop
    Cocuments and SettingsCookiesmgmggFavorites
    Cocuments and SettingsCookiesmgmggMy Documents
    Cocuments and SettingsCookiesmgmggStart Menu
    Cocuments and SettingsCookiesmgmggWindows
    Etc.

    The mgmgg is supposed to be John

    How can I change mgmgg to John on the above disk directories?

    Thanks, John

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    Re: Copy Desk & all settings to new User Name? (WinXP Ver 2002, SP1)

    John,
    Check out the file and setting transfer wizard. Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Files and Settings Trans fer Wizard.

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    Re: Copy Desk & all settings to new User Name? (WinXP Ver 2002, SP1)

    I've had this sort of thing too!

    Though the weather hasn't been cool enough yet for me to do this, I intend to
    * create a new userid
    * use XXCOPY /CLONE /XNTUSER*.* to copy all stuff under Cocuments and SettingsOldUser to Cocuments and SettingsNewUser
    * I have to do some messing about with Outlook Express identities etc which i won't bore you with.

    My suggestion would be to
    * Delete the current user John (presuming there is nothing in its Documents and Settings you need - if there is, copy it somewhere else, temporarily)
    * Create a new user called John
    * Log on to John at least once (v. important!)
    * Copy all the stuff across from mgmgg to John (i.e. Documents and Settings stuff)

    What I suspect the person who set up your computer did was to try to RENAME his account "mgmgg" to be John -- this gets you into the confusion with folder names that you are experiencing. What limited experience I've had with trying to do renames is that it is all downhill, and a waste of time...
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Copy Desk & all settings to new User Name? (WinXP Ver 2002, SP1)

    Hi John

    What XP files should I backup before trying your suggestion?

    Thanks, John

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    Re: Copy Desk & all settings to new User Name? (WinXP Ver 2002, SP1)

    John

    My motto has always been: <big>If it moves, back it up!</big> By that I mean that if you change anything you've set up, say under Documents and Settingsmgmgg (or whatever the name was), or anywhere else on your C: drive, then copy it somewhere else as a backup. (Say below C:BACKUP).

    Data for your user profile is stored under the folder Documents and Settings, although you shouldn't copy the files NTUSER.DAT, and so on, from one user's profile to another's (that's what the /X parameter eXcludes in XXCOPY).

    If you've not set up Outlook Express yet, thank your lucky stars, for you can just set it up in your new user profile, from scratch.
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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