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Change user name

by rmcarl / December 16, 2007 8:51 AM PST

Is there a way to change user name, computer name and replace identity of user in IE?
I am getting a used Dell and would like to know if this is possible. The computer had Comcast as ISP and I have Verizon DSL.

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how to Change user name
by danthevan / December 16, 2007 7:31 PM PST
In reply to: Change user name

hi there to change user account name click on the start menu then control panel double click administritive tools then computer management

click on local users and groups then click on users

you should now be able to see the account you want to change its usually at the bottom just right click on it then rename.

WARNING dont try to change the built in administrator account usually at the top of the list as you could lose access to programs and any work/documents/ settings etc .

exit computer management that bit done when you open the start menu now your desired name should be there at the top.

right click on my computer then click on properties then click on computer name there you can change the name of the computer to whatever you wish

as for ie i dont think it stores personal accounts just go to control panel internet options on the general tab click delete under browsing history when the next window appears click delete all. im presuming your using ie7 .

as for your internet connection do you have router or modem ? if you have a router you should be able to plug and play using your ethernet cable if you have modem you will have to install the software for it and input your username and password in the dialog boxes

hope this helps dan

ps you might have to have xp pro to change these settings not sure about xp home we can but try


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by rmcarl / December 17, 2007 12:21 AM PST

How do you change the user name in Outlook Express?
Thanks again.

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Are you getting all the disks with this PC?
by Steven Haninger / December 17, 2007 12:49 AM PST
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If so, I'd suggest a fresh installation. It's a pain to go through all the updates but you can get a better performing machine with fewer "ghosts" haunting you by doing a full re-installation and setting up your user account. As far as changing user name in other software, that tends to be done automatically. In a browser or mail handler, when you launch for the first time with your user name, you get to set up the account with your preferences. If you need to remove as many traces of other users as possible, you just log into the administrator account, go to users, and delete the account using the option to delete their files/folders as well. This won't remove all registry entries related to the user but, when you create your own account, you get to set up your own desktop and configure your preferences for the software you use.

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by danthevan / December 17, 2007 1:31 AM PST
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here you go try this

open Outlook Express,click tools, accounts, mail tab, select the account by hilighting it and click properties. On the general tab, modify the user information.

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