Someone recently asked me how to rename their C:\Documents and Settings\mysername folder but they didn’t leave a correct email address so my reply bounced. So here, for the benefit of all, is my answer.
Under the Documents and Settings is a folder saved in my name instead of my sons. When I had the new hard drive installed and XP the tech used my name instead of my son. Since it is a system folder I cant change it and really don’t want to pay another bill for trying to. Any other option?
As far as I know, you cannot change the name of that folder since it is linked to your user name, and that cannot be changed. (You can change the user name alias, which appears on the login screen, but that does not change the name of the underlying folder in “Documents and Settings”).
You can, however, create a new account, transfer all your settings from the old account profile to the new one, and then delete the old one.
Let’s say you have an account named “dad” and you want to change it to “son”.
Go to Control Panel, User accounts, Create a new account.
Type in the account name (“son”), click Next, make the account type “administrator”.
Restart windows and log in using the “son” account you just created.
Right-click on the “My Computer” icon on the desktop, choose Properties, and click the Advanced tab.
Under “User Profiles”, click Settings.
Select the “dad” profile from the list, then click “Copy to”.
Click the Browse button, and browse to the location of your new user profile (it should be in C:\Documents and Settings\son
Click OK, Yes (when it asks if you want to delete the contents of the directory), then OK out of all the dialog boxes.
Restart the computer and log in as “son” again.
Finally, you can delete the “dad” account from the Control Panel, User Accounts.
Hope this saves you a trip to the tech guy!