How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?


Renaming the user folder in Windows 10 can be done, but it is not a simple process. While it is possible to rename the user folder, it is not recommended due to the potential for causing errors and instability in the operating system.

In order to rename the user folder in Windows 10, it is necessary to first move the folder to a new location. Moving the folder can be done by right-clicking the folder in File Explorer, selecting Properties, and then clicking the Location tab. In this tab, the folder's current location can be seen and a new location can be chosen by clicking the Move button.

Once the folder has been moved, the next step is to rename the folder. This can be done by right-clicking the folder in File Explorer and selecting Rename. Once the new name has been entered, the folder will have been renamed.

The final step is to update the registry to reflect the new name of the folder. This is a critical step and must be done correctly in order to ensure that the system recognizes the new name. To do this, open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\ProfileList

This key contains a list of all the user profiles that exist on the system. Each user profile is identified by a unique identifier (SID). To find the SID of the user profile that needs to be updated, look for the ProfileImagePath entry that has the path to the old user folder. Once the SID has been located, double-click it and change the ProfileImagePath entry to the new path of the user folder.

Once this is done, the user folder has been successfully renamed. It is important to note that there is a risk of errors and instability when renaming the user folder, so caution should be taken when doing so. Additionally, any programs or services that rely on the user folder name may need to be reinstalled or updated in order for them to recognize the new name.

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