Re: User Management Question
Date: 11/21/04

  • Next message: Malke: "Re: User Management Question"
    Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 16:55:50 -0500

    Thank you very much for your help Malke.

    Malke wrote:
    > wrote:
    >>I have a "User" management question that I cannot find the answer to:
    >>I have one user login whose name is "Admin" - and another user login
    >>whose name is "Bob".
    >>Currently, both users have Administration Rights - and when I view
    >>their profiles in the <My Computer\Manage\Local Users and
    >>Groups\Users> page - both the "Name" and "Full Name" fields display
    >>"Admin" and "Bob" respectively.
    >>So it looks like this:
    >>Name | Full Name | Description
    >>Admin Admin
    >>Bob Bob
    >>For the past year, and for reasons that are too complicated to
    >>describe here, I have primarily used the "Admin" login for my general
    >>computing - and my "Bob" account for administration purposes. My goal
    >>is to flip-flop these user names. Now, I want my general computing
    >>login to be "Bob" and my administration login to be "Admin" - but I
    >>have spent so much time customizing the software, documents and
    >>settings in my "Admin" account that I need to retain all those
    >>settings after I change the name to "Bob". The same goes for the
    >>current "Bob" account; I want all the software, documents and settings
    >>to remain intact after I change the name to "Admin".
    >>So, I basically want to rename "Admin" to "Bob" --- and "Bob" to
    >>"Admin". I have gone into the User Control Panel and used the name
    >>change feature and this is what I have found:
    >>1. It does change the login name - but it only changes the "Full Name"
    >>field in the <My Computer\Manage\Local Users and Groups\Users> page
    >> not the "Name" field.
    >>2. Surprisingly, it does not affect the names of the "Admin" or "Bob"
    >>folders in the <C:Documents and Settings> folder. I would have thought
    >>that the account name and the <Documents and Settings> folder had to
    >>match so that they could be linked together. I don't understand how
    >>these folders are linked and why the names don't change when you
    >>change the user name.
    >>You could imagine that this would become very complicated. My account
    >>names and <C:Documents and Settings> folders would never match.
    >>So, the question is: How do I change "Admin" to "Bob" and "Bob" to
    >>"Admin" -- and have the "Admin" and "Bob" folder names in the
    >><C:Documents and Settings> folder change accordingly so that I don't
    >>drive myself crazy trying to remember which folder is linked to which
    >>user. I'm just not sure I can just rename those folders without doing
    >>irreparable harm to Sharing and Security Permission settings - as well
    >>as however they are linked to the User Account names.
    >>Also, here is an unrelated question:
    >>When you establish a XP User Account, you are asked if you want your
    >>files to remain private. Assuming you have selected this option when
    >>you setup the account - how do you make them Un-Private at a later
    >>Thanks very much for your feedback.
    > For the first question, the easiest way to deal with this would be to
    > just make a new third account and call it BobNew or whatever. Then copy
    > the user account information of the one you want to match BobNew.
    > Here's information to help you with that:
    > Copy Files to the New User Profile
    > 1. Log on as a user other than the user whose profile you are copying
    > files to or from.
    > 2. In Windows Explorer, click Tools, click Folder Options, click the
    > View tab, click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide
    > protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.
    > 3. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\Old_Username folder, where C
    > is the drive on which Windows XP is installed, and Old_Username is the
    > name of the profile you want to copy user data from.
    > 4. Press and hold down the CTRL key while you click each file and
    > subfolder in this folder, except the following files:
    > * Ntuser.dat
    > * Ntuser.dat.log
    > * Ntuser.ini
    > 5. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
    > 6. Locate the C:\Documents and Settings\New_Username folder, where C
    > is the drive on which Windows XP is installed, and New_Username is the
    > name of the user
    > profile that you created in the "Create a New User Profile" section.
    > 7. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
    > 8. Log off the computer, and then log on as the new user.
    > Note: You must import your e-mail messages and addresses to the new user
    > profile before you delete the old profile. For additional information
    > see 313055 OLEXP: Mail Folders, Address Book, and E-mail Messages Are
    > Missing After You Upgrade to Microsoft Windows XP
    > Regarding making/unmaking folders private, if you look in XP's Help &
    > Support for "make folders private" it will show you the steps you need
    > to make them private (instead of automatically from the User Account
    > creation wizard). You just reverse the steps to make them "unprivate"
    > again.
    > Malke

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