Migrating and upgrading

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bfolkers, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. bfolkers macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    I have had a MB for about 1 year now, and got a new 27inch imac a few weeks back to go with it.

    When setting it up, it asked if I wanted to migrate my stuff to the new computer, and like a fool, i didnt.

    Then laster,i used the migration wizard thing, and it said to pick a different name for my new user, since the onwe was already taken (brian Folkers)

    So now I have a Brianfolkers and a Brianfolkers2, with no way to make the one with all my applications from my mac (brianfolkers2) the admin, so i can get rid of the extra.

    Any help?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Go to the Accounts pref pane, click the lock at the lower left to authenticate, select the user you want to be an admin, and check the "Allow user to administer this computer" checkbox. You're done--that user is now an admin, and you can move over whatever you want from the newer one and delete it.

    Or is there some other reason you're having a problem with a different admin user?

    Admittedly, in your situation, I'd just copy everything from the imported "2" user to the other account and maintain my shortname; you'll need to change permissions on the files copied over (copying from the new account and giving admin override instead of moving will I think deal with this, incidentally), but that way you have the preferred username and all the settings you want.

    Alternate plan, if you don't have much stuff in the new account: Back up anything necessary from the new account, create a temporary admin account, and delete BOTH the new one and imported one, leaving only your temporary account. NOW run the migration assistant, and you'll end up with the desired shortname and all your old stuff. Copy any backed up stuff to the newly imported user, log into it, and delete the temp account. You now have one account with all your stuff and the correct shortname.
  3. bfolkers thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    Blam...... You the man.

    EDIT* Had to use the latter of the two. For some reason, I couldn't make that user an admin, don't know why.

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