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    Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    I have a user whose name is misspelled and would like it fixed. I've changed her logon and full name in the user account but the folder in "Documents and Settings" is wrong as are several env variables and I'm not sure what else. Is there any organized way to fix this other then multiple search and replace in the registry?

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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    I'd backup the system, reload everything (XP & programs) and then restore data from the backup. I realize that is time consuming but so is changing the registry and then dealing with everything that is missed or just doesn't work quite right.

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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    Thanks but won't a backup and restore just put it back the way it was?
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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    You should be able to restore the data files to wherever you wish. BTW, by re-load the OS & programs I meant reinstall from scratch.

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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    What would happen if I backed up the user data, deleted the account, recreated it with the correct spelling and then restored the user data to the new account? I wouldn't need to touch the OS, the apps or any other data files.
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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    That's probably the least work. But the user's personal settings would be lost.

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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    I can't think of any reason why that wouldn't work. If it's just that user and you delete the account, that would be like wiping the slate clean. The data will restore to any location and as long as none of it is encripted you shouldn't have any problems.
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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    Try creating a new user, with the correct name, and then from Control Panel > System > Advanced > User Profiles Settings >
    Select the profile for the old username and use the Copy button to copy it to the new one.

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    Re: Change User Name? (XP Pro sp2)

    Stuart -

    Thanks, looks simple enough. I'll try it.
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    C DeWitt

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