Windows 10: Cannot delete user or change user folder name

Discus and support Cannot delete user or change user folder name in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; My friend gave me his desktop PC and assured me it was wiped clean for a fresh start however, his name is still on the user profile folder and his... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by #MRPINK#, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. #MRPINK# Win User

    Cannot delete user or change user folder name


    My friend gave me his desktop PC and assured me it was wiped clean for a fresh start however, his name is still on the user profile folder and his image still shows in the account section.


    When I click the photo, the image changes but the account doesn't as it still says there is only one account on the machine.


    I have tried adding an admin account to change it as other fixes have suggested. I have tried changing it to local. I have tried going into the registry and I have deleted the image from the user profile folder but it is still there. I have tried praying to cthulhu but nothing I've found online has worked at all.


    Can I change the folder name to my name and get rid of his picture without completely resetting the PC and losing all my apps? And if a full reset is the only way to do it, can you advise me how to do it thoroughly so the same issue doesn't happen again.

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    :)
     
    #MRPINK#, Jun 19, 2019
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  2. Ryan_2013 Win User

    Change User Name Folders

    "The change the name on the Account folder is more difficult because it is more heavily protected. See this tutorial:https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/89060-chang..."

    On this link, the details show renaming another account. I'm wanting to change the Admin account. It's a good thing I had another user setup on my computer, also as an Admin, because after changing the SID in step 8. And, unable to change the name in step
    11. As "Rename" wasn't in the list. I restarted the computer, since the Admin user account name was changed I was unable to load windows. I had to log into my other account, which was setup as Admin and change the SID back to the 5 letters the user name was
    titled.

    My computer, Admin account, works again.

    I wasn't wanting to just change another account user name, which this is possible to do. I wanted to change the main user, myself.
     
    Ryan_2013, Jun 19, 2019
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  3. User Account folder name

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I understand that you are facing issues with changing the folder name under Users folder in Windows 10.

    I suggest you to perform the below steps and check if it helps.

    1. Open the File Explorer and double click on C drive.

    2. Open Users folder from the list.

    3. Click on the user name folder and then tap on F2 Key.

    4. Change the name of the folder and hit on Enter Key.

    5. It will ask for Administrator Permission and click on Ok.

    6. Folder name will be changed.

    Get back to us if you need any further assistance on Windows related issues and we will be glad to help.
     
    Nyima Yonten, Jun 19, 2019
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  4. Martmcd Win User

    Cannot delete user or change user folder name

    How to change the name of the user

    You cant reply to the automated email, it is just notifying you that a thread has a response.

    going back to your original post.

    when you create a new user, windows creates folders under the c:\Users directory with the account name (ie Geoff) if you rename the user, although the new name is shown on login etc the directory names don't change.

    the easiest way to get rid of Geoff is to -

    • change the username to something else (or back to Geoff)
    • create a new user with your name
    • copy all your documents, photos, videos etc. from Geoff to your new user
    • delete the Geoff user account and remove folders etc.
    this can all be done in user accounts as suggested by Ruth
     
    Martmcd, Jun 19, 2019
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