Change user name?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Adokimus, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Adokimus macrumors 6502a

    Adokimus

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    Hi, dumb question... what's the easiest way to change your admin name and password if you're not going to reinstall OS X?

    Thanks, and sorry for the dumb question. I imagine I could figure this out pretty quickly, but I have been without a mac for a little while now and I'm going to purchase a 12" PB tomorrow that doesn't come with the install discs. I don't want to be trying to figure it out during the sale.

    Thanks again!
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    You'd just create a new admin-level account, and then delete the old one.
     
  3. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    it's much easier just to make a new user account then delete the old one.

    there will be problems otherwise
     
  4. Adokimus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    awesome, thanks. It's clearly been a long week, and too long without a mac.
     
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Use this Program: ChangeShortName
    Quick and painless.
    NOTE: NOT LEOPARD COMPATIBLE!!!
     
  6. Globetrotter macrumors regular

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    Which begs the question, why does Apple use the specific name for system level files? :rolleyes:
     
  7. killmoms macrumors 68040

    killmoms

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    It doesn't beg the question, it raises it.

    And, it doesn't use them for system level files, it just uses it for everything user-related. It doesn't matter if he deletes the account, as long as he creates another one first. There's no real need to have a "rename" functionality.
     
  8. BA005 macrumors newbie

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    I am also trying to delete my account. So I set up a new admin level user name fine, but it wont let me delete my original one. How do I delete it?
     
  9. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    Are you logged out of the account that you are trying to delete?

    10 points to you; "begs the question" is one of my pet peeves too :)
     
  10. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    You need to log in with the new account and delete the old one while you are logged in as the new one
     

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