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question bout winxp pro login screen

By chrispudge ยท 4 replies
Apr 26, 2005
  1. how do i change the default login name? when i first set upwindows i used the name CHRIS PUDGE now i dont want to use that because it conflicts with another name on my network so now i use the name PUDGE but when i log off it still says CHRIS PUDGE how can i change it so that when i log off it says the last name i used?
  2. chrispudge

    chrispudge TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    sorry bout the UP just aggravated and cant figure it out..
  3. Marcus

    Marcus TS Rookie

    Is it not just in the control panel under 'USERS' ? Can't say for sure though. LOL
  4. chrispudge

    chrispudge TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    it says the only users i have is PUDGE but when i do log off it says chrispudge
  5. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    XP has two names, the original one, and the "visual" one that is shows you.

    But that may not be your issue. You said the name conflics with another on the network? I think that is refering to computer name, not user name. If I'm not mistaken, multiple computers can have the same user name, but not the same computer name.
    Anyways, to check computer name, right click My Computer and choose Properties. Look under the Computer Name tab and see what it says in there. "Full computer name" is what I'm thinking about.

    But as for the name. Well you could be talking about "registered owner" name. Which is different from login name.
    But anyways, I think I see what you're getting at. And I'm not to sure you CAN change that name. Only because XP has your entire profile and registry entries under that name. As well as security certificates and file encryption (if used) and uses it to encrypt your profile directory for privacy (if on). So it's not easy to change.

    Try going into Start-Run and type "control userpasswords2". A box should pop up with any users you have. Click yours and then Properties. It should show you some various things. Not sure if you can actually "change" your name from here though.
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