Friday, January 11, 2013

Rename User Profile in Windows 7

It is common to have to rename profiles on machines in various situations.  Working in a Windows XP environment, this process was easy.  Simply sign into the computer as an account with administrative rights and rename the users profile.  When they would log in, it would create a new profile and any issues that were present should be alleviated.

Once you switch to a Windows 7 environment, this process changes just a bit.  After you rename the users profile, you also need to delete the associated registry key for that profile.

Launch regedit.exe and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Browse through the available SID keys looking at the "ProfileImagePath" value.

Once you locate the associated registry key for the renamed profile, export the registry key as a backup, then delete the key.

When the user logs in it will create a new profile.

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