How To Change User Folder Name In Windows 10?

Windows 8 and Windows 10 users home path is located under the C:\Users with the user name. For example, the user İsmail Baydan has the C:\Users\İsmail Baydan user folder. This user folder can be changed later by using different methods. the most popular and stable way is using the registry editor where the user home folder configuration is stored.

List User SID

The User Folder Name configuration is stored with the user SID in the registry editor. So in order to find and change configuration the SID of the user should be listed first. But if the system has few users the configuration can be find easily by searching the user current folder name. But the most reliable way is using the SID.

wmic useraccount list full

We can see taht the user ismail SID is SID=S-1-5-21-1357499649-3091647253-2494487287-1001 .

Navigate User Folder Name Configuration In Registry

Open the registry editor via the Start Menu typing regedit or using Windows Run with the regedit command like below.

Then navigate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and select the user SID. The ProfileImagePath key stores the user folder path and name. By double clicking it it can be edited.

In this case we set the new user folder name as ismail.baydan like below.

Set User Home Folder Name with ProfileImagePath

In order to make the new user folder name and path effective, the system should be restarted. After the restart copy your files from the old user folder to the new user folder and then delete the old user folder.

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