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During initial setup the system created my login using my email (fullName@domain.com), and from that truncated it to  /users/fullna instead of the standard (and on previous HP machine) /users/fullname.

 

This breaks several programs which expect the standard complete name for the user directory.

I changed the user account name through control panel to the standard (full) name, but the user files directory is still the truncated name.

 

This seems to be a common complaint and problem reported in various online forums, but among the many solutions (new accounts, registry editing, ...), none seem to be either dependable or safe.

 

How can I change /users/fullna to fullname? Again, my HP Pavillion with the same W10 setup and user names, did not do this name truncation for the user files directory.

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@gguthrie

 

The same thing happened to me the first time I created a login with my Microsoft account.   Rats.

 

Create the login hierarchy in order:

 

 

  • Log in to the local account.  Set up programs, install updates, complete whatever tasks you like.

 

  • Windows key > Settings > Accounts > Select "Sign in with my Microsoft Account" (wording varies)

 

  • Restart the system (just to make it neat and clean)

 

  • Log in using your Microsoft account

 

 

When you create the local account first and then switch to the Microsoft sign-in, your top level folder "sticks" with the original name.   The "owner" of your files is the original account name you selected for the local account.

 

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Thank you - but I have already spent multiple hours doing all the setup for the shortened-name account before encountering the problems it caused.

How can I preserve all of this, and still change the diectory name?

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@gguthrie

 

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In so much that I am aware, Windows is in charge of the File System; it is not something controlled by the brand and/or model of computer.

 

Changing the account folder ownership hierarchy after the fact may involve an element of uncertainty; you are trying to circumvent the Microsoft Windows File System and it may resist your attempts.  Hence, the risk.

 

I do sympathize.  I do not have a clear, easy, risk-free method to back-track. 

 

I do recommend:

  • Create an additional account on the computer that provides Admin control
  • Back up the computer to the extent that, should it become necessary, you can recover the File System and your account data

 

Good Luck.

 

 

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Yes, thanks - agree it is windows, not HP specific, but since it occurred on a new HP machine... (!)

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