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January 29, 2013 1:31:14 AM

Hi Folks,

Here's my problem. The login name I use to to logon to vista sp2 is not the same name that is displayed when the 'user' tab is clicked when using task manager or even PE. I've tried to change this by using the'start' tab, 'computer' tab, 'system properties' tab. I managed to change the 'computer description name' , and somehow it let me change the 'computer name', but this has not solved my problem or I would not be here.... MS said to open up 'windows explorer' to see what folder opens (this is suppose to determine what user is actually logged on) , and it's my folder and not the folder of the previous owner/current user name that is being displayed by TM or PE userid. Does anyone have any ideas to help me??? Not much on the net that seem to pertain to my situation. Truely THANK-YOU in ADVANCE, this is driving me nuts.

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January 29, 2013 4:41:12 AM

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

If the folder that opens in Explorer is yours, you are the logged in User and the Users tab of Task Manager should show you as that. Are you saying it does not?
February 5, 2013 5:41:24 PM

Saga Lout said:
Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

If the folder that opens in Explorer is yours, you are the logged in User and the Users tab of Task Manager should show you as that. Are you saying it does not?


HI Saga Lout,

I thought I'd replied a couple of days ago but something went awry and.... well that's all I can tell you. Again thank-you for your interest. In answer to your query, yes, that's exactly what happens. The vista logon/login name and the folder opened by Windows explorer are the same. But the User tab in PE and TM shows the name of the previous owner. Also the 'User Account' function of 'Control Panel' does not show the user name displayed by TM and PE.
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February 5, 2013 9:36:36 PM

This is what happens when an existing account is simply renamed. In some places Windows takes the name from the account, and in others gets the name from the profile.

The profile is what you see in "C:\Users\<username>", where <username> is the original account name. DO NOT rename anything in there. In fact, unless you know exactly what you are doing, you don't even belong in there.
February 6, 2013 5:51:00 AM

You could set up a complete new User Account and then transfer all the relevant files over but there could be programme specific data in Application Data folders - including hidden ones - so it's probably better to ignore the problem.
February 8, 2013 12:55:43 AM

ex_bubblehead said:
This is what happens when an existing account is simply renamed. In some places Windows takes the name from the account, and in others gets the name from the profile.

The profile is what you see in "C:\Users\<username>", where <username> is the original account name. DO NOT rename anything in there. In fact, unless you know exactly what you are doing, you don't even belong in there.


HI,

Thanks for the explanation. What I've have seen is that both folders, (the folder name of the original owner C:\Users\<username> , and the folder named after the vista logon/login user) have the exact same contents. Why is there a need for duplicate data in different folders?
February 8, 2013 1:07:39 AM

Saga Lout said:
You could set up a complete new User Account and then transfer all the relevant files over but there could be programme specific data in Application Data folders - including hidden ones - so it's probably better to ignore the problem.
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Hi,

Take a look at my response to 'ex_bubblehead'. Even though it might be best to ignore it, it's like 'a pebble in my shoe' to quote some mob movie. I used to be a mainframe IBM MVS systems programmer and systems software manager for 17+ years. So it's kind of difficult to let go so easily. What's really funny is that I did not think much of PCs, but after looking at the Windows OS, it functions a lot like IBM's MVS and VM OS.
February 8, 2013 3:23:49 AM

I_WONDER_WHY said:
HI,

Thanks for the explanation. What I've have seen is that both folders, (the folder name of the original owner C:\Users\<username> , and the folder named after the vista logon/login user) have the exact same contents. Why is there a need for duplicate data in different folders?

They have the same contents because they are not different folders. The, as you put it, "logon/login user" is a system generated and managed pointer that points to "C:\Users\<username>". Windows uses lots of these indirections.
February 8, 2013 8:25:32 AM

Computer > Manage > Local Users & Groups > Users

From there you should be able to change the display name
February 15, 2013 1:10:44 AM

The Stealthinator said:
Computer > Manage > Local Users & Groups > Users

From there you should be able to change the display name


HI,

Thanx 'Stealthinator', but I'm running Vista Home Basic and it doesn't seem that the above navigation is possible. Unless you know something I don't (in which case I would not be surprised).
February 15, 2013 1:23:21 AM

I didn't think the edition of vista would make a difference. I have never used home basic so I don't know.

Something I did not mention earlier. You have to right click on Computer in the Start menu and there you will see manage.
February 18, 2013 5:55:40 AM

Computer > Manage > Local Users & Groups > Users
February 18, 2013 6:29:27 AM

That's already been posted, soaote, but if Home Basic doesn't do it that way, it can always be found in Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management where Local Users and Groups>Users is in the left hand pane.
February 18, 2013 8:46:34 AM

soaote said:
Computer > Manage > Local Users & Groups > Users

Saga Lout said:
That's already been posted, soaote, but if Home Basic doesn't do it that way, it can always be found in Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management where Local Users and Groups>Users is in the left hand pane.

:lol: 
March 3, 2013 9:27:12 PM

The Stealthinator said:
:lol: 

Hi guys,

I tried the navigation you suggested. Here is what happened. START>CONTROL PANEL>ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS>COMPUTER MGMT. But there is nothing about 'LOCAL USERS GROUP' or 'USERS' in the left hand pane. The only thing I've seen that comes close is START>CONTROL PANEL>ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS>USER ACCOUNTS. In the 'TASK' heading there are 'Configure Advanced User Profile Properties' and 'Change My Environment Variables'. I have not changed anything in either of the mentioned two task.
March 4, 2013 5:38:28 AM

The Home versions of Windows are notoriously restricted. If you can't get to it in Safe Mode, it isn't available without a Registry tweak. Try tapping Function 8 as you power the machine up and select Safe Mode from the menu. The Administrator account isn't usually visible in Vista and later versions but it may show up in the Home Basic version.
March 5, 2013 7:27:55 AM

Computer > Manage > Local Users & Groups > Users
March 5, 2013 8:05:03 AM

soaote said:
Computer > Manage > Local Users & Groups > Users

Repeatedly posting the same thing isn't of any help
March 18, 2013 4:33:43 PM

Saga Lout said:
The Home versions of Windows are notoriously restricted. If you can't get to it in Safe Mode, it isn't available without a Registry tweak. Try tapping Function 8 as you power the machine up and select Safe Mode from the menu. The Administrator account isn't usually visible in Vista and later versions but it may show up in the Home Basic version.


Hi Sage Lout,

I was able to to get to the safe mode options and other task that are available via PF8. The safe mode options did not address anything concerning user name. I did select 'computer repair' option, and was taken to a screen where there was a drop down box for admin name. The only options were the previous owner's user name, and something called 'updatususer'. I selected the previous owner's user name, and on a hunch I entered the password that I use to logon to Vista via the 'password' screen. I was able to continue, but I cancelled out of it since there was nothing relevent. I think perhaps I should back off all of my changes and start from square 1. There has to be a recommended way of changing the username to a new owner. Thanx everyone. I going to close this out.

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