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November 27, 2004 1:31:03 PM

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When I got my new Win XP computer I set it up with my first and last names.
That produced a very long folder name in my C:\Documents and Settings\ I
would like to change this from

C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy Mylastname\
to
C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy\

However Windows tells me I am not allowed to rename this folder. I know I
could set up a new account named Jeremy, and transfer everything into it,
but before I do, I though I would ask, is there ANY way to rename this
folder?

Thanks for your help!

More about : rename docs settings folder

November 27, 2004 9:37:33 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

set up another user account with teh name you want copy everthing over
and cancel the first account.

Jeremy wrote:
> When I got my new Win XP computer I set it up with my first and last
> names. That produced a very long folder name in my C:\Documents and
> Settings\ I would like to change this from
>
> C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy Mylastname\
> to
> C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy\
>
> However Windows tells me I am not allowed to rename this folder. I
> know I could set up a new account named Jeremy, and transfer
> everything into it, but before I do, I though I would ask, is there
> ANY way to rename this folder?
>
> Thanks for your help!
Anonymous
November 28, 2004 12:34:33 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

I don't know if this will work. I loath to screw up my profile anymore. But tpye regedit in Start - Run and navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\

There are a number of long numbers (and some short ones) under this key. One is your UserID. The value ProfileImagePath will point to your current profile.

Change the value (which will be blank) of CentralProfile to the location you want. I'm not sure what happens next (I know of a large company that had issues with this for months) but at a guess you also need to change ProfileImagePath as well (else on logon your profile will be cached in the old location - sort of defeats the purpose). I've included an KB for NT4/2000 that explains it a bit.

If you make changes while logged on they save in the new location at logoff.

How to Move the Location of a Locally Cached Profile

Q214470


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The information in this article applies to:

a.. Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0
b.. Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
c.. Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0
d.. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
e.. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


SUMMARY
By default, the locally cached copy of a profile is stored in %SystemRoot%\Profiles\, which may be an issue if you have a large number of people logging on to a computer. If you have a large number of people logging on to a computer (which creates a large number of profiles), disk space on the operating system partition may become scarce. You can move the locally cached copy of a profile to another local partition.



MORE INFORMATION
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys and Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT or Windows 2000, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).

To move the locally cached copy of the profile, you will need to know the security identifier (SID) of the user whose profile you want to move. You can identify the SID by using GetSID.exe from the Windows NT Server 4.0 Resource Kit.

Windows NT 4.0 stores the local profile information in the registry under the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Under the ProfileList key, there will be subkeys named with the SIDs of the users who have logged on to this computer. (To find the profile information for the user whose locally cached profile you want to move, find the SID for the user with the GetSID.exe utility.) Inside of the appropriate user's subkey, you will see a string value named ProfileImagePath. ProfileImagePath should be set to a local path where you want to store the profile.

If you do not have a roaming profile and you want to maintain your profile after you change the locally cached profile path, copy the contents of your old locally cached profile folder to the new location set in the ProfileImagePath value.

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Issue type : kbinfo
Technology : kbWinNTsearch kbWinNTWsearch kbWinNTW400 kbWinNTW400search kbWinNT400xsearch kbwin2000Serv kbWinNTSsearch kbWinNTS400xsearch kbWinNTS400 kbwin2000ServSearch kbwin2000Search kbwin2000ProSearch kbwin2000Pro kbNTTermServ400 kbNTTermServSearch


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"Jeremy" <jeremybbutler@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:et6KD9K1EHA.1264@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> When I got my new Win XP computer I set it up with my first and last names.
> That produced a very long folder name in my C:\Documents and Settings\ I
> would like to change this from
>
> C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy Mylastname\
> to
> C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy\
>
> However Windows tells me I am not allowed to rename this folder. I know I
> could set up a new account named Jeremy, and transfer everything into it,
> but before I do, I though I would ask, is there ANY way to rename this
> folder?
>
> Thanks for your help!
>
>
Anonymous
November 28, 2004 12:39:13 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

I wrote that other post 2 years ago. Here one I wrote a year ago.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\S-1-5-21-1292428093-1993962763-1060284298-1003

[This number is me, every user (apart from some system accounts) has a differenty number].

The profile is stored by the value in Central Profile (ie roaming). Normally it is blank and the profile is stored where it is cached. The cached location is ProfileImagePath.

You can delete a profile if logged in as the cached profile is used while logged in with the main profile being copied over on logon and copied back on logoff. If your profile is deleted the cached one will be used on logon and/or recreated on logoff.

This is not about D&S but user profiles.

The D&S way should move ok on a new install but office installs paths that can't be searched for, so I don't think office will handle it - but it does handle a change of personal profile so maybe it can.

You can change the Central Profile whele logged in and the profile will be created in the new location on logoff. I think you can change the cache setting while not logged in, and if the profile exists it will work.

Make sure you have a spare admin account.
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"David Candy" <.> wrote in message news:%23gFhKFN1EHA.2572@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
I don't know if this will work. I loath to screw up my profile anymore. But tpye regedit in Start - Run and navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\

There are a number of long numbers (and some short ones) under this key. One is your UserID. The value ProfileImagePath will point to your current profile.

Change the value (which will be blank) of CentralProfile to the location you want. I'm not sure what happens next (I know of a large company that had issues with this for months) but at a guess you also need to change ProfileImagePath as well (else on logon your profile will be cached in the old location - sort of defeats the purpose). I've included an KB for NT4/2000 that explains it a bit.

If you make changes while logged on they save in the new location at logoff.

How to Move the Location of a Locally Cached Profile

Q214470


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The information in this article applies to:

a.. Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0
b.. Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
c.. Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0
d.. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
e.. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


SUMMARY
By default, the locally cached copy of a profile is stored in %SystemRoot%\Profiles\, which may be an issue if you have a large number of people logging on to a computer. If you have a large number of people logging on to a computer (which creates a large number of profiles), disk space on the operating system partition may become scarce. You can move the locally cached copy of a profile to another local partition.



MORE INFORMATION
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys and Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT or Windows 2000, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).

To move the locally cached copy of the profile, you will need to know the security identifier (SID) of the user whose profile you want to move. You can identify the SID by using GetSID.exe from the Windows NT Server 4.0 Resource Kit.

Windows NT 4.0 stores the local profile information in the registry under the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Under the ProfileList key, there will be subkeys named with the SIDs of the users who have logged on to this computer. (To find the profile information for the user whose locally cached profile you want to move, find the SID for the user with the GetSID.exe utility.) Inside of the appropriate user's subkey, you will see a string value named ProfileImagePath. ProfileImagePath should be set to a local path where you want to store the profile.

If you do not have a roaming profile and you want to maintain your profile after you change the locally cached profile path, copy the contents of your old locally cached profile folder to the new location set in the ProfileImagePath value.

Additional query words:

Keywords :
Issue type : kbinfo
Technology : kbWinNTsearch kbWinNTWsearch kbWinNTW400 kbWinNTW400search kbWinNT400xsearch kbwin2000Serv kbWinNTSsearch kbWinNTS400xsearch kbWinNTS400 kbwin2000ServSearch kbwin2000Search kbwin2000ProSearch kbwin2000Pro kbNTTermServ400 kbNTTermServSearch


Last Reviewed: December 10, 1999
© 2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of Use.




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"Jeremy" <jeremybbutler@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:et6KD9K1EHA.1264@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> When I got my new Win XP computer I set it up with my first and last names.
> That produced a very long folder name in my C:\Documents and Settings\ I
> would like to change this from
>
> C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy Mylastname\
> to
> C:\Documents and Settings\Jeremy\
>
> However Windows tells me I am not allowed to rename this folder. I know I
> could set up a new account named Jeremy, and transfer everything into it,
> but before I do, I though I would ask, is there ANY way to rename this
> folder?
>
> Thanks for your help!
>
>