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    I had my sister re-do the Windows XP install on this computer.

    Apparently she didn't understand this is for a professional environment... one of my system folders is named "sperm bank."

    Ha ha ha funny.

    Now how do I change it without reinstalling?

    C:\Documents and Settings\Sperm Bank\Whatever Else Goes Here

    She's in England for the next two months starting, I really don't want to take this into the shop for a reinstall.

    I suppose I could live with it for two months, but I'm betting someone with Computer Fu can show me how to fix it.
    This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
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  • #2
    right click... rename..?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mike os
      right click... rename..?
      If it was that simple I wouldn't be here my friend.

      I get a dialog box that tells me that THIS IS A SYSTEM FOLDER AND IT CANNOT BE RENAMED.

      I'm hoping there is something in a file or the registry that I can tweek.
      This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
      Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
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      • #4
        If it's a directory (folder) under Documents and Settings, it's the name of a user. You can try renaming the user, although sometimes that causes problems.

        You could copy the contents to somewhere else, delete the user, create another user, and copy the contents back into the right places. XP will have set up lots of subdirectories in D&C, but you can fill them with stuff and the applications will probably find it OK. I don't know of many apps that catalogue the contents of these directories separately.
        Richard - SW London, UK, EU.

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        • #5
          I am the only user, when an application sets the default user name it comes up "sperm bank." 99.9% of the time I can change it per application but I don't want that hassle.

          If I create another administrator account and delete the "other" one will that solve my problem?
          This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
          Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
          Plastic Operators Dot Com

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          • #6
            What did you do to your sister? Is this payback for childhood or is this just her sense of humor and joie de vivre showing through?

            I can't make any serious contribution to your dilemma, but it reminds me of driving through Minneapolis many years ago and the revue running at the improv theater was "Overdrawn at the Sperm Bank". Ha ha. Wished I had time to go to the show. I empathized because I've felt that way sometimes myself. Finally had to admit I just couldn't keep up.
            .
            "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TGTool
              What did you do to your sister?
              Harmless sibling torment, that's all.

              Is this payback for childhood
              That would be aimed at her step-father not me.

              or is this just her sense of humor and joie de vivre showing through?
              Lack of maturity and not fully understanding the gravity of maintaining a professional work environment.
              This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
              Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
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              • #8
                Have a look at this http://oreilly.com/pub/a/windows/200...7/Bart_PE.html
                You can create a bootable cd that has bartpe on it and a small version of xp then runs and you should be able to rename whatever you want on the c drive.
                Its so long since I created a bartpe cd I have forgotten most of it but best to read the info on the link.
                Peter
                I have tools I don't know how to use!!

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                • #9
                  Can't help with the computer but if you want to delete your sister I can make some calls.
                  Mike

                  My Dad always said, "If you want people to do things for you on the farm, you have to buy a machine they can sit on that does most of the work."

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                  • #10
                    It's a Chrysler too! Turbo Encabulator Jokes FTW!

                    Originally posted by MotorradMike
                    Can't help with the computer but if you want to delete your sister I can make some calls.
                    No no, she's got car repairs and maintenance coming up... I'm thinking her framastat has a hole in it's interocular encabulator shaft... given that it's molded from prefabulated ammulite I'll have to replace the ENTIRE thing and re-calibrate her grouting brushes.
                    This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
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                    • #11
                      Can you do it from the CMD (DOS) level?

                      Conceivably, renaming it may kill your system, if the O/S is configured to expect the current folder name.
                      Last edited by SGW; 10-16-2010, 08:27 PM.
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                      • #12
                        You should be able to change the account name, that'll change the directory name as well:

                        http://malektips.com/xpwam0006.html

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                        • #13
                          The pictures are from my Windows 7 workstation but functionally this should be the same. (these instructions assume you are using XP Pro)

                          Overview:Log into the computer with the administrator account and create a new user account with a more professional User Name. Then transfer the old "sperm bank" user information to the new account.

                          From the the administrator account, create a new user account:
                          Right click My Computer: select Manage, Local Users & Groups, Users folder to create a new user account.


                          Copy user account info from one profile to another:
                          Right click My Computer: select Properties, select the Advanced tab, User Profiles settings button to copy user information from one profile to a different profile. Once the info has been copied to the new folder you can remove the old account.

                          Delete "SpermBank" account from Computer Manager. You can then delete the actual folder.

                          Problem solved

                          Note: If SpermBank is the only administrator account, create a new administrator account to work from.
                          Last edited by BillDaCatt; 10-16-2010, 11:01 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BillDaCatt
                            The pictures are from my Windows 7 workstation but functionally this should be the same. (these instructions assume you are using XP Pro)

                            Overview:Log into the computer with the administrator account and create a new user account with a more professional User Name. Then transfer the old "sperm bank" user information to the new account.

                            From the the administrator account, create a new user account:
                            Right click My Computer: select Manage, Local Users & Groups, Users folder to create a new user account.


                            Copy user account info from one profile to another:
                            Right click My Computer: select Properties, select the Advanced tab, User Profiles settings button to copy user information from one profile to a different profile. Once the info has been copied to the new folder you can remove the old account.

                            Delete "SpermBank" account from Computer Manager. You can then delete the actual folder.

                            Problem solved

                            Note: If SpermBank is the only administrator account, create a new administrator account to work from.
                            Yehaw you fixed it! Thank you!
                            This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
                            Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
                            Plastic Operators Dot Com

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                            • #15
                              Start Menu, Control Panel, Uesr Accounts, Change User Accounts. If you are the only user, chances are you already have the access to do this and change your user name there.
                              CCBW, MAH

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