Windows 10: Easy Way to Transfer Account Settings

Discus and support Easy Way to Transfer Account Settings in Windows 10 Customization to solve the problem; I think I have a corrupted Windows Account. I could not find an easy way to transfer my existing one to a new one I made. Also the new account has a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Customization' started by Jon Wilbur Tan, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Easy Way to Transfer Account Settings


    I think I have a corrupted Windows Account. I could not find an easy way to transfer my existing one to a new one I made. Also the new account has a different name under users since I cannot use my original name.


    Any suggestions on how to solve these two problems?

    :)
     
    Jon Wilbur Tan, Jul 30, 2018
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  2. Is there an easy way to transfer account information to a new account

    I have a login on Windows 10 that has become corrupted (cannot access certain apps including mail and settings), but all other logins on the same PC work fine. So, I believe the issue is with the user account and based on other suggestions I have gotten,
    it appears that I will need to set up a new account on the computer.

    My question: Is there an easy way to transfer the files from the old account to the new account? It seems like this is a common issue and I would think that Microsoft would have come up with a way to do this easily.

    Also, I cannot set up the new account with my Microsoft login or map my email to the new account, because there is another account on the computer with the same information (e.g. the corrupted account). I do not want to erase the old/corrupt account without
    having the new one completely set up first.

    Is there some way to do this?
     
    AlexanderBrock, Jul 30, 2018
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  3. BulldogXX Win User
    Is there an easy way to transfer account information to a new account

    It's not a common issue, and transferring your files to a new user account is easy.

    You can transfer all your personal folders, namely:

    • desktop (see below,)
    • documents,
    • music,
    • pictures, and
    • video.

    What you see on your desktop is actually a combination of three things:

    • the contents of your user account's desktop folder;
    • the contents of the Public account's desktop folder; and
    • Windows system objects, like the Recycle Bin.

    The key to doing this successfully is understanding that your personal files belong to the user account where they are
    now. Your new user account is completely separate. You know that both the old and the new user account are yours, but Windows doesn't know that, and that's by design.

    The new user account needs to take possession of the files from your old user account, so those files will belong to the new user account. Once you understand this, the rest is easy. I'll give you a summary of the steps below. There's more than one way to
    do this, but this method is easy:

    1- Sign in to a user account with Administrator permissions.

    2- Navigate to C:\Users\Public

    The contents of the Public account are available to every other user account on the computer.

    3- Create a new folder in C:\Users\Public

    4- Navigate to your old user account and copy the folders described above to the new folder you created under the Public folder.

    As soon as you try to open a folder in your 'old' user account, Windows will ask if you want to have permission to access that folder. The real question it's asking is: Do you want the Administrator account to have the same access to this folder as your
    old account has? And the answer is yes, of course. Your old user account can move those folders anywhere it likes, and now your Administrator account can do that too.

    5- As a precaution, try to open some of the files that you moved to the Public account, just to make sure everything transferred correctly.

    6- Create a new user account.

    7- Sign out of the Administrator account and sign in to your new user account.

    8- Move the contents of the folders you copied to the Public account to the corresponding folders in your new account.

    9- As a precaution, try to open some of the files that you moved to the new user account, just to make sure everything transferred correctly.

    Now you can erase the folders from the Public account and delete the old user account.
     
    BulldogXX, Jul 30, 2018
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  4. angus Win User

    Easy Way to Transfer Account Settings

    Settings can't be opened using the built-in administrator account


    Hello,
    Unfortunately I have the same issue as Dabz from upgrading win7 to win10.
    I've tried opening settings using all the suggested methods and it will not load using my account with Administrator access nor the built-in Administrator profile. I also tried other methods not listed such as using Run. Control panel is just a stepping stone to add users in Settings.
    I'm also having explorer.exe issues, which I believe is preventing Settings from loading.
    Using cmd (Admin) I successfully created a new user profile [and granted admin access also using cmd (Admin)], however win10 will not allow this account to log on. win10 does not list this new user within control panel but it does in the start menu. win10 will not allow to log in or switch to the new account via the start menu either.
    I can access settings in Safe Mode but this will not allow me to create a new account.
    Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
     
    angus, Jul 30, 2018
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