Windows 10: Merging two user accounts

Discus and support Merging two user accounts in Windows Hello & Lockscreen to solve the problem; I recently got a new computer, today I noticed that I have two user accounts, one by my email and one by my first name. The files shown on my desktop... Discussion in 'Windows Hello & Lockscreen' started by SoniaLA, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. SoniaLA Win User

    Merging two user accounts


    I recently got a new computer, today I noticed that I have two user accounts, one by my email and one by my first name. The files shown on my desktop appear to be identical. How can I merge these accounts? I am afraid to delete one because I'm not sure if everything is there.

    :)
     
    SoniaLA, Nov 4, 2019
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  2. Kari Win User

    Local Acct user and MS account user - sync them or merge them


    If the local account is the one where you have most of your personal data, this is how I would do it:

    • Sign in to your Microsoft account
    • Copy all documents, pictures and other personal data from Microsoft account's user folders to corresponding folders in user Public (contents of MS account Documents folder to Public Documents folder and so on)
    • Sign out from Microsoft account
    Notice that above steps are only required if Microsoft account user folders contain data you want to keep. If its user folders are empty or do not contain anything worth saving, you can skip the above steps. Continue from below.

    • Sign in to the local account
    • Delete the Microsoft account (Option One in this tutorial)
    • Switch your local account to a Microsoft account (tutorial)
    • Copy the data backed up from old Microsoft account to Public folders to new Microsoft account in corresponding folders

    That's it. Using the Public folders as temporary storage you will have none whatsoever file owner / permission issues later on.
     
    Kari, Nov 4, 2019
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  3. chideock Win User
    Local Acct user and MS account user - sync them or merge them


    Thank you. I will give it a try later today and post my results.

    Got to it sooner than I thought.
    Your method worked perfectly.

    Thank you
     
    chideock, Nov 4, 2019
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  4. Merging two user accounts

    Merge accounts

    You cannot merge accounts but you can move her folders across to your own profile folder, e.g. like so:

    1. Create this folder: C:\Users\Annette\NameOfDaughter
    2. Move C:\Users\Daughter\Documents -> C:\Users\Annette\NameOfDaughter
    3. Same with Music, Pictures etc.
     
    Frederik Long, Nov 4, 2019
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