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Renaming \USER directory & keep settings

By techrepublic ·
I have a user, let's call him bob. He's paranoid about having his profile directory named c:\documents and settings\bob234323421. He just wants it to be c:\documents and settings\bob

The number is after his name because we restored his profile to the PC and the number happens to be his MAC addres.

If I just rename the folder to "bob" from "bob234323421" then next time he logs-out his profile will be recreated and his settings, shortcuts, etc. will all need to be moved over manually.

Is there a way to change this directory name without requiring him to recreate his profile or is there just an easy way to do this?

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by CG IT In reply to Renaming \USER directory ...

create a shared folder with appropriate permissions. copy the user profile bob over to the shared folder. create a new user account named bob. on the user account properties page, profile tab, specify the shared folder and profile using the full UNC path, e.g. \\server\shared profile folder\profile

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by KenV In reply to Renaming \USER directory ...

I have not tested this but I think it will solve your problem.
In the documents and settings folder, createa new folder with the name he wants ie Bob.
In the system properties, select the user profiles tab. Click on the original profile name and then copy it to the new profile. Make sure the new account is given permission to use the new account.

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Last line error. I meant to say make sure the new profile is given permission.

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