New to this and iMac

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  1. Mrmullad macrumors member

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    hi all very new to iMac today 12.00 as I purchased a 2009 20"imac the person I got it of put a clean install on it but the home folder has the old owners name on it I have looked in help and it said to click on it and enter but nothing happens, I also tried dragging it to the trash but it could not be deleted if anyone could help that would be great and thanks in advance and merry Xmas
    Dell
     
  2. Bruno09, Dec 21, 2014
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    Hi,

    do not try to rename the home folder.

    Go to System Preferences / Users and groups, unlock, click the "+" sign to create a new account.

    Select "Administrator" in the drop-down menu at the top.

    Create short name, name, password, "Create account".
    (this will be your admin account).

    Then, log out from this account, login in the new account, go to System Preferences / Users and group, unlock, select the (old) account you want to delete, click the "-" sign.
     
  3. Mrmullad thread starter macrumors member

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    New to this and iMac.

    Thanks Bruno09
    but there is no account for the old user but the thing is still saying colins-imac
     
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    Go to "SystemPreferences/Sharing" and change the Computer Name to what you want. Also, click "Edit" and change the local HostName to the same thing with ".local" at the end.
     
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    In your original post you said :

    That's why I suggested to create a new account.
     
  6. Mrmullad thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry if I misled you but being new to Mac and to computing in general and an old man I hope you will forgive me as it is Xmas ,I will try the other suggestion later thanks and merry Christmas.
    Dell
     
  7. Mrmullad thread starter macrumors member

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    new to this and imac.

    Thanks hfg
    I have done as you suggested but things are still saying colins iMac like on terminal and in sharing it is saying from colins home folder although when i look at top of sharing it is saying my name.
     
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    And you did create a new account in your name as suggested above ... then logged out and re-logged in as your new account?
     
  10. Mrmullad thread starter macrumors member

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    When i open sharing it is saying share files from colins home folder

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    Yes there is only my account plus guest .
     
  11. hfg macrumors 68040

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    If you go to SystemPreferences/Sharing ... then select "file sharing" and press the "Option" button ... what names are in the list?
     
  12. Mrmullad thread starter macrumors member

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    It has got my name/
     
  13. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    You can change the name of the computer in Sharing, at the top of the window, but you need to hit Enter after that.

    Do you know how to take and post screenshots ?
     
  14. Mrmullad thread starter macrumors member

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    New to this and imac.

    I also notice that when i connect to itunes it tells me my purchased music but as i am new to all this apple stuff i have not purchased anything.

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    Iknow about screen shots but i do not know how to do them but if you could tell me or point me to a tutorial i will hav a go and many thanks for everybody's help in this matter and sorry for being so thick but everybody's got to start somewere/
    Dell
     
  15. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    No problem, we are glad to help.

    However, it would be nice if someone offered to help you directly via Skype for example (screen sharing).

    I personally can't do this because I don't speak English, otherwise I would offer my help.
     
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    Last login: Sat Dec 27 17:16:26 on ttys000
    colins-iMac:~ colin$
    This is what it is saying in terminal.
     
  18. Bruno09, Dec 27, 2014
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    This tell us that :

    1. colins-iMac is the name of the computer in System Preferences/Sharing.

    2. "colin" is the name of the home folder of the account you are currently using.

    Hence my first suggestion... (post #2)

    Could any english speaking people offer to help Mrmullad directly please ?

    Since you know how to access the Terminal, could you please type this in :

    Code:
    ls /users
    Then hit the Enter key, and post out the answer. Thanks.
    (there is a space between ls and /)
     
  19. Mrmullad thread starter macrumors member

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    I think i have worked out how to upload the shots,Ihope this is what you are after and once again thanks for your help.
    Dell
     

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  20. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Bravo for the screenshots.

    Your account has been renamed into "Derek" but the home folder (located in Macintosh HD/Users) of this account is named "colin".

    The home folder could be renamed into "derek" but DO NOT try to rename the home folder unless you exactly know how to do this.

    The best solution by far would be creating a new "admin" account, then renaming the colin folder from there.

    But again don't do this without being helped.

    I can offer to help through Skype if you use Skype, however I have poor English.
     
  21. Mrmullad, Dec 27, 2014
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    Thanks for all your help and your offer but i have a mate that is into mac i think i will get him to help me when he comes back from his holiday.
    Once again for your help at least now i know how to take a screen shot and upload to the web.
    Dell

    Just a quick update on my problem although I have ordered a snow leopard from apple I thought I would try from a bootable Yosemite so I did a google search on how to make one on a flash drive booted from said flash drive and erased SSD and installed a clean install of Yosemite but in terminal it is still saying Colin's iMac Derek$ .So I must be missing something I can't understand how installing snow leopard will make any difference could somebody please explain why it will make any difference .
     
  22. paxtonstafford macrumors newbie

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    also a newbie got a lot of use out of youtube tutorials david a. cox

    by david a. cox ---all things mac--without that i would have been hosed. also an old guy with no one to look over my shoulder.--youtube is somewhat slow and tedious and also apple support also cumbersome but answers are there
     

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