Help ! Please ! (reverse user name change)

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  1. mbpdummy macrumors newbie

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    I changed my user name on my MBP . The settings were all erased and my mail account etc..

    Can you please tell me the steps to reversing this .

    Also I forgot what my original user name was .
    How can I find that ?

    Sorry . Im a fool .

    THANK YOU A LOT IN ADVANCE
     
  2. motulist macrumors 601

    motulist

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    By 'changed the username' I presume you mean you created a new user account on your Mac. From the apple menu in the upper left, log out, then you should be able to sign in under your previous user name's account.
     
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    are you using Tiger or Leopard? in Tiger you can change the name of your home folder (which is your short username) and if you dont do this the proper way it will create a new user account without your files and with the default settings. this is why you now cant easily change the name of your home folder in Leopard.

    use this guide by Apple to get your old account back.
     
  4. mbpdummy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you both.

    richthomas ,

    this will sound very dumb but how do i know if im using Tiger or Leopard?

    thank you
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Tiger is OS X 10.4

    Leopard is OS X 10.5

    Go to Apple Menu, then About This Mac
     
  6. mbpdummy thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. mbpdummy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The below is from the help link you gave me

    Before you assume that the home directory contents were actually lost, check the /Users folder to see if the missing home directory is present and simply renamed.

    when i go to the Mac HD the "users" folder is there .

    when i click that there are 3 things inside .

    1) a house icon named "my name"
    2) a folder named "shared"
    3) a folder named "my name"

    not sure what to do from here :(
    sorry to be a pain in the neck
     
  8. mbpdummy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i tried to rename the folder inside the "users" folder name "myname" but is wont let me and says choose another name , that that name is already being used . :confused:
     
  9. clevin macrumors G3

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    follow the instruction there
    this is one of the dumbest thing about OSX, it allows users to do something that have unexpected severe consequences.
     
  10. mbpdummy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i dont understand the below

    1)Open your Home > Library folder and the Home > Library > Library folder in separate Finder windows.

    2) Select all (Command-A) the folders in the Home > Library > Library folder.
    Copy (Option-drag) the folders from the Home > Library > Library folder to the Home > Library folder.

    3) When prompted if you want to replace a folder in the Home > Library folder with an older version from the Home > Library > Library folder, select Replace to permit the replacement.



    can you give it to me in more obvious terms

    What does ">" mean in this case ?


    SORRY
     
  11. motulist macrumors 601

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  12. mbpdummy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but then it reads like this which still does not make any sense to me

    1)Open your Home then open the next folder named Library folder and the Home then open the next folder named Library then open the next folder named Library folder in separate Finder windows.

    Help ! please . could some one talk me through step by step .
    please !!!
     
  13. 3pointers macrumors newbie

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    I don't know how you have your Finder window set up. But for this example, after you have opened Finder, click on the third button in the group of 4 buttons at the top of the window. It looks like 3 tall adjoining rectangles.

    1. Click on the Finder icon to open a window. Click on that button that I mentioned up above.
    2. Click on the home icon on the far left side.
    3. In the first column on the left, click on the Library folder.


    4. On the top menu bar where you see the apple and then Finder, click on the word "File" and then click on "New Finder Window."
    5. In the window that just opened, click on the home icon.
    6. In the first column on the left, click on the Library folder.
    7. In the second column on the left, click on the Library folder.
     
  14. motulist macrumors 601

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    There are folders with the same name but in different locations. The routes described makes sense, just open the folders in the route described and you'll wind up in the correct place.

    Let me reword the instructions for you.


    Disclaimer: I'm just rewriting the directions you pasted above. I'm not familiar with this area of the OS, so I'm not making any endorsement that this is a good solution. I also may've misinterpreted my rewritten instructions. If this operation is done incorrectly it very easily could erase the data you're trying to recover. So make sure you back up your data before performing these instructions, and it'd be a good idea to have someone knowledgeable review these instructions first to verify they are correct.



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    reworded instructions
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    Open 2 separate finder windows. Move one window to occupy the left side of the screen and the other to occupy the right side of the screen. Resize the windows so there is no overlap. When the instruction say to open a folder, do it by double clicking the folder name. (so that only the contents within that folder are now displayed in the window.)



    1L) In the Left window: open the folder Home > Library

    1R) In the Right window: open the folder Home > Library > Library


    2R) In the Right window: select all files in the window (Command-A)


    2R to L) Option-drag the selected items in the Right window, and drop them on to the Left window. (while still holding down the option key)
    *** make sure to drop the files into the window area and NOT into a folder that's displayed in the list of items. ***


    3) When prompted if you want to replace a folder, select Replace.
     
  15. mbpdummy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    motulist , I would never try to hold you accountable for any mistakes.
    Thank you for being kind to a stranger and trying to help :)

    so you new instrusruction make sense to me .
    You should start a "rewording" company for other dummys out there like me.

    I followed the directions and 1L was no prob but when i got to 1R I have a problem .

    for 1R , I opened the "home" then i open "library" but there is no 2nd "library" inside the 1st "library" to open .
    These are the folders inside my "library" folder

    Favorites
    Syndication
    Safari
    Preferences
    Keychains
    Mail
    Autosave Information
    Fonts
    Application Support
    Caches
    Cookies


    THANK YOU
    motulist
     

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