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  • Setting the names of the users profles on a Microsoft account

    Hi

    In Windows 8.1 Update 1, while creating a Microsoft account, Windows creates, locally, a user profile with a directory in the Users directory.

    It is possible to set before the name of the user profile directory so that when a user creates his Microsoft account, Windows creates, locally, its profile in the directory previously set?

    Thanks

    Bye
    balubeto

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    Re: Setting the names of the users profles on a Microsoft account

    Although "pre-naming" does not appear possible, "re-naming" apparently is (see http://superuser.com/questions/49529...r-in-windows-8)

    Note I have never felt the need to change user profile folder names, so have not tested this, nor am I aware whether (to pre-empt your next likely question), it has any "side effects". I have used a similar process (regedit) to move profiles to a different drive in the past and that has worked without problems.

    Once again, I have to ask what the reason for needing to do this is, as the OS manages the links between logons and profile folders and you rarely need to go into C:\Users
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      Re: Setting the names of the users profles on a Microsoft account

      Local user profiles are connected to network accounts by way of a SID (security identifier), not the username. This is why, if you delete a user account from the domain and recreate it using the same username, it won't use the same local profile on the computer. So no, you can't pre-configure user accounts this way.

      However, there is a way to configure the default user profile on the local machine, so that any subsequent dynamically-created profiles will use that, configured however you like.

      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../hh825135.aspx

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