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Question about Computer name/__??__.

by QTMomma / July 9, 2012 3:42 AM PDT

I have a question about the computer name on my husband's laptop. Well, it's what shows after the slash under computer name. His is Ca2Maddogg/owner. Is there anyway to change the "owner" part to his name? (without having to actually restore his computer and losing anything he has saved on it right now.) I know how to change the computer name part, but w/ our laptops linked I would like to be able to see that it's his computer and name not "owner". I'd rather see Ca2Maddogg/Chris if at all possible.

Thanks so much for your help!

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Clarification Request
Did you try changing it? See link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2012 3:50 AM PDT
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Tried! No luck, not what I need.
by QTMomma / July 9, 2012 6:25 AM PDT

I have actually been to that webpage and tried that, before posting here, but it doesn't change the "owner" part. Everything on my end that I see from his computer shows as "owner". It also still shows up that way on his computer too. (even after a reboot)

For instance mine is QTMomma/Ami and on his computer it shows up as Ami but on mine I see his as "owner" I'd rather be able to see his name: Chris. When I go to the Network (under media devices) mine shows up as QTMOMMA: Ami: & His shows up CA2MADDOGG: owner:.

I'm going to keep messing around with it, hopefully I'll find something eventually! lol

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I wonder what the NAME of your NETWORK is?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2012 6:29 AM PDT
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by QTMomma / July 9, 2012 6:37 AM PDT

Yeah, it's just defaulted as WORKGROUP. I never changed that. I do have the option to change it, if I need to. But I was thinking it was some strange setting (or some hidden setting somewhere) on his laptop that it made it say "owner" on his where I can't change it to his real name and was just trying to find a way to change that part of it.

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Time to check the ACCOUNT name.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2012 6:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Workgroup

On the other machine with that "owner" issue, create a new user account and see if the new name shows up when logged in as that name.

Sorry but I can't see this machine so I have to think of the usual areas to check.

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hhmm... well...
by QTMomma / July 9, 2012 7:01 AM PDT

Okay I created a new account on his laptop and that shows up as the user account name from my computer. I wonder why his main account shows up that way then. I'm wondering if it's something I did/didn't do when I set up his laptop when we first got it.

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Now that I can answer
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2012 7:06 AM PDT
In reply to: hhmm... well...

But I am missing the one clue in all this. The make of the laptop. HP classically has that "helpful" setup tool and for some odd reason the default account is "owner."

Maybe other makes do that too but I learned long ago to create new accounts (always carry 2 spare Admin accounts) after the helpful software is done.

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Oh, yes that could be helpful!
by QTMomma / July 9, 2012 7:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Now that I can answer

We both own Sony VAIO laptop computers. I don't have that issue with mine and who knows maybe I was more careful in the setup on my own laptop. Cool

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Thanks for that details.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2012 7:18 AM PDT

Hopefully this is now cured or at least understood.

-> Microsoft does have articles on how to move files from one account to another. It's not as easy as it should be more google this to find out more.

Windows 7 Corrupt Profile.

This finds the needed articles and is a little interesting to me about how Microsoft handles a bad account. They abandon it!

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by QTMomma / July 9, 2012 7:27 AM PDT

I'll do some research on that and see if it helps.

Thanks again.

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