Windows – Rename profile folder on Windows 7/8

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During Windows installation I accidentally typed an accented name for my user name and my profile name is named after it. I already renamed my user to not have an accented character, but the profile folder is an other topic.

Basically I want this because I have some applications what have a problem with the accented character.

Is there a way to rename it? I know I have to make a copy from my profile, but how can I perform a relocation itself? I wouldn't like touch any other profiles on the machine just mine.

Best Answer

  1. Login with a different admin user account.
  2. Rename the profile folder that you want to keep, note the new path.
  3. Open regedit. Navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  4. Find your SID in the keys listed there. You can easily tell as one of the entries will have the old path of your user account.
  5. Change the ProfileImagePath entry to the new path from #2.
  6. Reboot

This works on Vista/7/8, and Server 2008/R2/2012. This works for 2000/XP and 2003 as well, but you can't cross version groups; a profile from 2000 will not work on 8 for example. You'd have to use USMT.