Windows XP – How To Change Usernames

Windows XP

How do I change usernames in XP?

If you can’t change the user or administrator’s name that appears on the title of My Documents and associated files.

While it’s possible to change your username from the User Accounts Control Panel, you won’t change the name of the underlying account name, as this could cause problems in Windows. There is a workaround and while it’s a little skittish, it is far quicker than reinstalling Windows from scratch.

You can use a hidden dialog inside System Properties to copy one user profile’s settings and files to another profile. This reproduces the original profile’s Documents and Settings folder in its entirety in the target profile, effectively duplicating it. Don’t worry about program preferences, your desktop, Taskbar layout and so on – all of these details are held inside your personal Documents and Settings folder.

Once the process has completed, restart Windows. Log on as your new user profile, and then delete the original from the User Accounts Control Panel. If you were the sole user of your PC, you can remove the log-on prompt at bootup by click Start > Run, typing control userpasswords2 and pressing [Return]. Remove the tick from ‘Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer’, type in your new username and click OK twice.

1] In the User Accounts Control Panel create a new administrator account. Then log off your current account and log on as the new user to set them up. Restart your PC in Safe mode, logging on as the master Administrator.

2] Click Start, right-click My Computer > Properties. Switch to the Advanced tab and click Settings under User Profiles. You’ll see a list of all profiles set up on your PC appear. Select your old user profile and click Copy to.

3] Click Browse when prompted and locate your new user profile folder on your hard drive (it’ll be inside C:\Documents and Settings). Click OK followed by Yes. Once done, click OK twice and restart your PC.