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cannot rename windows 7 profile

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  • hi all, this is driving me nuts . .

    I need to rebuild a users local profile on his windows 7 machine

    I can find and remove the reg entry in the profilelist with probs. However I cannot rename the profile to .old. I get an error saying the file is in use and the name cannot be changed.

    I have rebooted and logged in a as both local admin and domain admin, I have taken ownership and added full control to domain admin and local admin but still get the error.

    I need to rename the profile to .old and start again with a new profile for my user as there are issues I have spent far to long messing with now.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated as I am out of ideas

    thanks

    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 3:49 PM

Answers

  • thank you, I have done this already but I need to rename the profile folder to .old

    how do I do this in windows repair mode? what is the syntax?

    Did you really want to ask this question? . . .

    rename  "c:\users\Noddy"  "Noddy.bad"

    When you type rename /? at the Command Prompt then you will see the full syntax of the command.

    • Marked as answer by hyperNoddy Friday, October 05, 2012 8:30 AM
    Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:45 PM

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  • Boot the machine into Windows Repair Mode (by tapping F8 at boot time), then start a Command Prompt and rename the folder from there. Note that the drive letter could be C:, D: or E: but it won't be X:.
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 6:31 PM
  • Right click computer > properties > advanced system settings > Advanced

    Under 'user profiles' click settings

    Delete from there.


    • Edited by techsup1983 Wednesday, October 03, 2012 6:52 PM
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 6:52 PM
  • Right click computer > properties > advanced system settings > Advanced

    Under 'user profiles' click settings

    Delete from there.


    While this might work, I think the OP's idea of renaming the profile folder is a far safer course of action. He could/should delete it after a week or two when he is sure that nothing is missing.
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 7:34 PM
  • Hi,

    Please see the reply by Oberwald and let us know the result.

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  • thank you, I have done this already but I need to rename the profile folder to .old

    how do I do this in windows repair mode? what is the syntax?

    Thursday, October 04, 2012 11:25 AM
  • thank you, I have done this already but I need to rename the profile folder to .old

    how do I do this in windows repair mode? what is the syntax?

    Did you really want to ask this question? . . .

    rename  "c:\users\Noddy"  "Noddy.bad"

    When you type rename /? at the Command Prompt then you will see the full syntax of the command.

    • Marked as answer by hyperNoddy Friday, October 05, 2012 8:30 AM
    Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:45 PM