Re: User Management Question
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 16:55:50 -0500
Thank you very much for your help Malke.
> firstname.lastname@example.org 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
>>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"