How can I transfer the root account on my computer to a regular account? [repost]

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Quaker101010, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Quaker101010 macrumors newbie

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    Back in October 2010, I installed a Java update or something on my regular account, and it broke the account for some reason. I had no other account to use except for the root user that I enabled previously (just for testing). I logged into it and used it as my regular account, checking every so often to check if my regular account fixed itself. Sadly, it didn’t (at the time), but after a while, I upgraded my computer to Snow Leopard (I was previously running Leopard), I found that my old account finally fixed itself. Immediately, I attempted to copy over all of my files from the root account to the other account. I went onto the account, and it seemed to be a fresh account, so I assumed that it didn’t register the account files as legitimate and I guess it made it into a new account. I gave up after fiddling with it for a bit. To this day, I’m still using the root user as my main account, but a lot of things are broken (like Spotlight, Mail search, some other things) and I’d just like to know a clean way I could easily transfer all of the stuff from the root user to my old account (including all of the Library files and such). Please don’t say “You shouldn’t have used the root user because it’s really dangerous,” or whatever. I’ve been responsible with it for almost 2 years and I don’t think I could’ve made a new account in the first place. Thanks for any help.

    NOTE: I’m reposting this because I accidentally posted it with some other person’s account with the username “User Name” which had the same password as mine (I changed the password on this one). Hopefully the moderators will understand.
     
  2. Quaker101010, Jul 31, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2012

    Quaker101010 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    UPDATES:
    I posted my question to Apple Discussions and got a response. This is what someone said.

    It seems to have transferred all the files. However, no preferences were transferred and I was wondering if there was a way to transfer them.

    EDIT: I did it again and it worked.
     

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