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Picked up a used notebook with Win7 Pro

When I go to Users in Control Panel, I can change the main user account name and the new name shows there, but it does not show in Windows (File) Explorer

I can change the Computer name, but there is something about the User name that seems like it's 'fixed' somewhere and won't change.

If I right click on it in Explorer and select Properties, it's greyed out. There is no 'Rename' either.

What am I missing? Seems like it should be a simple thing to do.
 

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Hi, navigate to :-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegisteredOwner

Right click select modify, type your user name in the value data box. You might also need to change the RegisteredOrganisation if populated.
 

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Hmm, OK, not where I was expecting. Machine is off right now charging, but I'll look at that in the morning when I get a chance to get back to it.
 

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Hi, navigate to :-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegisteredOwner

Right click select modify, type your user name in the value data box. You might also need to change the RegisteredOrganisation if populated.
I lied. I didn't wait until morning.

Went there and changed it, closed it out. No change in Explorer. Rebooted, still no change.

This was a business machine, maybe a school's. Maybe a Policy somewhere?

Searching through the Registry finds the old Username in several places including Profiles.
 

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Also, I'm still seeing the old Computer Name throughout the Registry even though the new name I entered shows in System Properties.
 

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Although you've change the name, the underlying account remains the same. Explorer will only ever show the initial name of the account in the directory tree. Your best bet is to create a new account with the name you want, making sure to make it an admin account, then you can remove the "old" account and it's accompanying files.
 

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^^ Can't see that without being a member.

Found basically the same thing it probably says though:

Create new Admin User

Log Off/Log On to new Admin User

Go to C:\Users\Old User; Right Click, Rename

In Start >> Run, type: Regedit

Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Find Profile with Old Name; right click > Modify

Also mentioned Start >> Run: netplwiz, but I didn't need that step.

Log Off/Log On to renamed User

Then reset Desktop Theme



Seems like it took care of most of it. I still have some traces of the old Computer Name for some reason though. I can live with that.
 
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