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Changing Computer name with XP professional

by patrickjt2003 / October 15, 2009 7:51 AM PDT

I'm not sure if it's called the computer name or something different. My computer is showing a name called "Nick" in several areas that I want to change.

My full computer name is Patrick
Windows is registered to Patrick
and in my regedit the registered owner name is Patrick, but I'm still coming across a "nick" that I cannot figure out how to change.

I have C:\Documents and Settings\Nick.NICK-MAIN, but in my control pannel the only user is Patrick,
Also C:\Documents and Settings\NICK~1~NIC, they are unable to delete

anyone know what I'm missing or have any advice?

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If it were me
by Jimmy Greystone / October 15, 2009 8:11 AM PDT

If it were me, I'd be doing a whole lot of scanning with virus and malware scanners at this point. Unless maybe you have a friend named Nick, who sometimes uses your computer unsupervised. But maybe even then.

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by patrickjt2003 / October 15, 2009 8:18 AM PDT
In reply to: If it were me

Well the nick user was my brother, originally I built the computer and it wasn't on here, and I gave the computer to him and he had it for a year maybe, well without getting to any details he's a criminal now and I just don't want his name on it anymore because of the stuff he did.. I've run virus scans, removed spyware, the computer runs really well, I'm just missing something where to remove this

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Could be your HOME directory name.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 9:57 AM PDT


While Windows allows you to change owner name, user name it DOES NOT give you any CLICK HERE method to rename the home directory for your or anyone's account.

If you want to do this, you treat this EXACTLY like a XP CORRUPT PROFILE and move to your new account. Here's how.

About backups. Be sure to backup what's in your account before you force delete an old home directory or else you wish you were this guy ->

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An Example Available?
by sunwatcher / October 15, 2009 11:21 PM PDT

Could you give a specific example of one of the several areas that you see "Nick"? That might give a better clue as to what you need to adjust.

Maybe it's the computer description that needs to be changed. (Right click My Computer > Properties > Computer Name tab.)

Or is there some application that shows the unwanted "Nick"?

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