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During Windows installation I accidentally typed an accented name for my user name and my profile name is named after it. I already renamed my user to not have an accented character, but the profile folder is an other topic.

Basically I want this because I have some applications what have a problem with the accented character.

Is there a way to rename it? I know I have to make a copy from my profile, but how can I perform a relocation itself? I wouldn't like touch any other profiles on the machine just mine.

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  1. Login with a different admin user account.
  2. Rename the profile folder that you want to keep, note the new path.
  3. Open regedit. Navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  4. Find your SID in the keys listed there. You can easily tell as one of the entries will have the old path of your user account.
  5. Change the ProfileImagePath entry to the new path from #2.
  6. Reboot

This works on Vista/7/8, and Server 2008/R2/2012. This works for 2000/XP and 2003 as well, but you can't cross version groups; a profile from 2000 will not work on 8 for example. You'd have to use USMT.

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I tried this and it looks dodgy. The registry hack was possible, but when I tested the user account the OS complained that the user was logging on with a temporary profile. In my case it did not rename the User's folder, nor did it create a new folder with the new name. –  Guy Thomas Mar 27 '13 at 15:59
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Step #2 was to rename the profile folder, Windows doesn't do it for you nor will it create the folder, this is why Step #2 is in my directions. –  Chris S Mar 27 '13 at 17:11
    
Thanks for explaining and emphasising Step #2 –  Guy Thomas Mar 27 '13 at 21:25
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Have you tried creating another user profile with the correct name and moving over your files. This seems an easier way to solve a trivial problem

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Here's what works, (for me, period). Works with any version of Win7, AFAIK. I believe I have also tested this OK with Win8.x

This process is very good for creating a standard profile if you're rolling out many workgroup machines with the same configuration but different user logins, because it creates a new Default user, while keeping the old Default user in case anything goes awry.

It looks complicated, but it's really very simple if you're familiar with Windows in general. After you've done 2 of these, it's almost second nature to do it again, IME.

  1. Setup a user just as you'd like it setup (as an administrative user, typically).

  2. Login as a different user with admin rights.

  3. Go to the c:\users folder

  4. Change Folders and Search Options to Un-"Hide extensions for known file types" and Un-"Hide protected operating system files" (uncheck those 2 boxes, not sure if the first is needed but easier IMO if you can see the file extensions)

  5. Rename Default to anything unused, such as Default-xx

  6. Copy the set-up user (you are NOT logged in as that user now, right?) into the same folder; it will be called "[set-up user] - Copy" - note that if the copy doesn't complete, you may have to reboot and try doing the copy operation again. Or you can simply reboot first and make sure. NOTE: IME, if, during the copy process, you are told that a couple of files have names that are too long to copy, it seems to be OK to ignore them. This has happened to me occasionally.

  7. Rename that copied folder to "Default"

  8. Right-click on Default, and uncheck "Read-only"; then check "Hidden". Click "Apply" and THEN click the radio button that says "Apply changes to this folder only". Click OK. Click "Continue" when prompted. Click OK again if necessary to close that window.

  9. Go back to Control Panel and create whatever new user you'd like. It will take on the characteristics of whatever's in Default, which is to say, the set-up user you first created.

  10. Check things out by logging in as the new user. And ANY new user you create will take on the same settings. Very few things don't make it to the new profile (desktop background, for instance, may not come over). No big deal, of course.

If you have another pc with the same programs installed, a copy of that originally-copied folder can be used with that as well.

If you continue to use the login you were using while you made the profile copy, you might want to re-check "Hide protected operating system files" for that user.

Let us know if this works or doesn't work for you. Been using it a couple of months now with no issues.

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I just forgot to update this question,I already found a solution: hron.me/blog/2013/04/rename-windows-8-profile-dir –  Gabor Garami Jun 18 at 14:34
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