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  • How to change back a new user profile to it's old user name after restoration?

    OS: Windows XP SP3
    I have

    1) I restored the computer system as I had lost everything stored in the old user profile.
    2) A NEW USER PROFILE: 'mlinda" is created with the correct domain attached to it (eg. CAA MAU) and is fully restored.
    3) The OLD USER PROFILE "m.linda" remains in the documents and settings BUT
    - the domain is of a local computer (eg. SPARXX) and it no longer works with the (eg. CAA MAU) domain
    4) The original "m.linda" user profile contains almost nothing in it (no documents etc)
    5) m.linda is still listed in the userlist in computer management BUT NOT THE NEW mlinda
    6) In administrator mode, I dont't see ALL the contents of the newly restored profile


    Questions:
    How do I change user profile "mlinda" (that has successfully retored everthing) back to "m.linda" since the new profile has everything intact:

    1) How do I safely delete the newly restored "mlinda" and ensure everything is back to normal with the OLD USER PROFILE: m.linda?

    2) How to ensure that the correct domain name is attached to the profile, by transferring all the data from THE NEW mlinda (eg. domain: CAA MAU) to THE OLD m.linda (that currently has a local computer domain: SPARXX). User profile, m.linda has to be attched to domain: CAA MAU.

    3) Should I be backing up before eventhough the new mlinda is in super condition?

    4) I read in forums that the links to desktop can be lost by transfering. How do I retain it?

    5) Do I have to change anything in the registry value?

    6) Should I do it with Administrator account in normal mode or safe mode?

    7) When I log in as mlinda (new), I still see 'm.linda' (local computer domain) in the user list but not mlinda (the new). But when I right click properties of c:\documents and setting\ mlinda, under security, I see that mlinda is listed with the correct domain name. My biggeest fear is not to lose the domain/ ouutlook etc while changing mlinda to m.linda.



    B) Rather than going through a process of copying mlinda to m.linda,

    1) Is it possible just delete THE OLD USER PROFILE (m.linda) and rename the THE NEW USER PROFILE mlinda (since this is fully restored?) to m.linda?
    2) If yes what are the best steps? And how can I make the adjustments to user list since when wondows starts, there is only THE NEW PROFILE mlinda popping up. I need it back to m.linda.
    3) I read in a forum that I can go to registry (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVer\ Profilelist) and change but I don't want to mess with it.
    In my case in the registry i) should I delete m.linda first and rename mlinda to m.linda?

    This is rather urgent and need to fix today. All your help are truly appreciated.

    Thank you.

  • #2
    Re: How to change back a new user profile to it's old user name after restoration?

    You cant just rename a profile since the permissions will be incorrect and the NTUSER.DAT file will refer to a different SID

    Your best bet is to copy files (documents, favourites etc) and reapply any settings you want
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: How to change back a new user profile to it's old user name after restoration?

      Hi Ossian,

      Sorry I am quite a beginner. I need some step by step help.

      1) I need to ensure that mlinda is back to m.linda and is connected to the domain CAA MAU and not local computer. How can I do that?
      2) How can add mlinda to the list of users?
      3) When you say copy, meaning copy from the new profile back to the old profile? (I need to resolve the problem of the old profile where it is not connected to the right domain) How shall I correct the domain name?

      Thank you.

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      • #4
        Re: How to change back a new user profile to it's old user name after restoration?

        As I said, profiles are not interchangable
        You can copy folders and files from one to the other without problems, but you will not be able to restore the settings
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
        IT Trainer / Consultant
        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

        ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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        • #5
          Re: How to change back a new user profile to it's old user name after restoration?

          As it is Windows XP, you may be able to logon to create the new profile as you have done so.

          Restart the computer.

          Rename the new profile to ProfileName.old.

          Rename their old profile to the same name as the new user account.

          Add the new user account as Full Control to the profile and ensure it inherits down.

          Restart the PC.

          Re-configure the mail profile. (if applicable)

          As pointed out, it is not best practice but I have been doing this recently for 12 user accounts moving to a different domain and there didn't appear to be any problems.

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