How to Change User Name at Startup

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by atlas shrugged, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. atlas shrugged macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Shanghai, China
    Hi All,

    Apple Genius Bar did a clean install of Mac OS and new internal hard drive -- had to do with hard drive failure of my old drive.

    They gave my Mac a random name "apple apple", with no password. I had went into System Preferences --> Security --> Accounts to change the owner details and apply a security password at login and system changes.

    That works fine. Only issues now are my computer is still named "apple apple" in Finder, and I need to delete "apple apple" and enter my assigned name every time I log in or make a system change.

    How do I make the change of computer name on a global basis so that it shows up in Finder and Login screen?

  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    Apple has instructions for this.

    You can change the password (or set it originally) in the System Preferences>Accounts pane.
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Is this what you're looking for?

  4. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Had the same question, last week. Thanks, didn't think it was this easy (lol).
  5. atlas shrugged thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Shanghai, China
    Thanks. It looks like the provided advice is for renaming the hard drive only. I am concerned at the account / system level.

    Attached is a screenshot of the actual location. Another is the default login name whenever startup or changing system settings.

    I believe the link provided by MrCheeto from Apple website is what I need. The change looks to be quite serious with potential to lose data, where I am considering just leaving it as it is, albeit annoying.

    Any other thoughts would be great.

    Attached Files:

  6. ml.sail1 macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    Now atm I dont have a mac on me for screenshots, but if you go into the preferences and then under users, you can change your user name which what i believe you are reffering to in your last post. This will change the name you are reffering to.

    Note this will only change your user name not the computer name- so like sometimes it will still say "someone's MacBook Pro" but your User name will be changed, and there is no data loss. I have done this a few times.

    Edit: I actually believe to change the user name you go to the same place as changing your password- you have to click on something in pref and it opens up another window.
  7. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    He wants to change the name of his User, not the short name that you're referring to, which is used at the login window.

    I did it just last week. No problemo. I've tested every single thing down to my games that require an activation key, nothing was out of place. Just be certain to disable the Root user afterword.

    You may have to restart before disabling Root takes effect. No biggie.

    If you want to change the name of your computer as well (it may say "appleapple's MacBook Pro, at the moment) then you will go to System Preferences>Sharing and type a new name at the field in the top.

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