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How to rename windows system folder

Anyone know ow to rename windows system folder?

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  • Kathleen Rodgers Jun 03, 2009

    because when i call up my pictures it shows routig directory of prior owners name which I really would prefer not to be reminded of



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You can't. Why do you wwish to do so?

Posted on May 31, 2009

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    Cosma Papouis Jun 03, 2009

    Go to the control panel, create a new user (in your name) make it an administrator. Log out, log back in as the new user, go to the control panel and delete the other user.

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    Cosma Papouis Jul 11, 2009

    Please could you rate my solution. Thanks



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I am tryign to uninstall fix it, get error 5006

Installation or uninstallation of an application or game fails and gives the following error code:

This issue is due to a previous installation not finishing properly

Solution 1. Rename the Installshield folder

Make sure you've enabled Show hidden files and folders.

Find and rename the Installshield folder:

Windows 32-bit: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Installshield

Windows 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Installshield

If there is an Installshield file in the Common Files folder, rename that one also (e.g. to Installshield_OLD).

Solution 2. Remove all traces of previous uninstall

If renaming the Installshield folder had no effect, find and delete any traces of uninstalled applications.

Applications that can assist you are: Revo Uninstaller, Windows Installer Cleanup Utility , CCleaner.

Alternatively, do a manual clean-up:

Close all running programs. Then clear the Temp folder (found via input of %temp% in Start > Search or Start > Run).

Use the Windows registry editor to delete registry entries related to the program.

Restart the computer.

hope this helps

Sep 10, 2012 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition...

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I have windows vista 32bit OS. After doing windows updates. My computer doesnt work anymore. Is there A way to reset my computer back SINCE I can no longer boot up in safe mode or regulare mode.

Tough problem. You need to get that disk into another computer first then:
From your working Windows installation navigate to the Windows\System32\config folder on his drive and rename or *move* the following files out of the System32\config folder:
The files can be renamed with a .old extension or to eliminate clutter they can (should) be moved to another temp location.
Now, navigate to the System Volume Information folder on his drive, inside which you will fing a _restore{... folder which contains Restore Point folders numbered as such: RP1, RP2, RP3... Select the newest RP folder and inside that folder you will find a "Snapshot" folder the containing a backup of the registry hives. Copy the following files from the snapshot folder to the System32\config folder, making sure to rename them to the same names as the files they will be replacing:
That may permit you to boot the computer, if it does boot to finish the repair do a System Restore to the newest available point.
Good Luck!!

Hope this information will help.
Your response is very much appreciated. Thank you for using Fixya...

Sep 28, 2011 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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There is a big red X where some of my pictures should be and some of my game applications do not load up. Also when it is trying to load up a page, there is an exclamation point at the lower left hand side...

This might be an issue with spyware on your computer but most of the time, the solution below fixes the issue.

Click on START, then RUN,and type the word drivers then click OK. In my Windows XP system it shows at the top of the page a folder named ECT. Double click it. You will then see a folder named HOSTS and another folder named lmhosts. place your mouse over the host folder and right click the mouse. Click RENAME, then type in oldhosts, then right click on the lmhosts folder and rename it oldlmhosts then click on a blank part of the page. You should see the hosts folder is now renamed oldhosts and the lmhosts folder is now renamed oldlmhosts. Restart the computer and wave that red x goodbye.

Goodluck it worked for me.

Dec 20, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Problem creating and renaming folders in windows explorer. When ever I try to create a new folder within windows explorer no change occurs. no new folder appears. I have to go back one level then back to...

This issue has been resolved with Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. Here is a link to the Microsoft KB on a walkthrough on how to resolve the issue.

I would also suggest to make sure your computer is up to date with all Microsoft patches by going to here.

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Lenovo 300- N200 fails during the boot process. Screen freezes after boot sequence.

Is it working with latest update from windows if you are using any windows operating system? Some applications installed by you which run at startup time hug the system.
You can try logging into the system in safe mode and try to see whether you are able to enter into the system or not. Once entered with safe mode rename the installation folder for the new applications that you might have installed, after which the system started freezing.
After renaming it you can boot the system in normal mode. As the new applicaiton will not be able to run (due to folder renaming) it is most likely that the system will boot properly and you will be able to enter the system.
Then rename back the folder to original verify the compatibility of th eapplicaiton and if possible uninstall the application.
This process has saved me from a lot of system complications. Hope this helps you.
By the way which operating system are you using?

Nov 08, 2009 | Lenovo 3000 N200 Notebook

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Catastrofic failure ox8000ffff

This is off a windows vista forum and the solution belongs to someone else but will work.
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RE: Cata. Failure Ox8000FFFF This was found in previous post and apparently it workrd:

Try renaming the SoftwareDistribution folder

Click Start, Choose Run.
In the Run box, type services.msc.
Click OK.
Right-click the Automatic Updates service.
Click Stop.
Stopping the service will take a moment.

Rename the "SoftwareDistribution" folder: a. Click Start, click Run, type
%systemroot%, and then click OK.
b. Right-click the SoftwareDistribution folder, and then click Rename.
c. Type SoftwareDistribution.old, and then press ENTER to rename this folder.

Click Start. Choose Run.
In the Run box, type services.msc.
Click OK.
Right-click the Automatic Updates service.
Click Start.
Starting the service will take a moment.

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Recyclebin rename

Hi there,,
Please follow the instructions:
  1. Click Start / Run
  2. Type regedit and press enter.
  3. Open the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder
  4. Open the CLSID folder
  5. Open the {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} folder
  6. Open the ShellFolder folder
  7. Change the "Attributes" data value from "40 01 00 20" to "50 01 00 20". Once completed change the "CallForAttributes" dword value to "0x00000000" (double-click and change value data to 0). You must change both of these values to get the rename to appear.
After performing the above steps you will be able to rename the icon like any other icon. Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and click Rename and rename it to whatever you wish.


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I can't rename folder

FD32 is a FreeDOS download, which is not appropriate/relevant to Windows operating systems. If you are on Windows as indicated, you can rename a file by right-clicking on the file name in either a "My Computer" or a Windows "Explorer" window, click Rename, and then type in the name you wish it to be. Alternatively, you can click on the name and after a short pause, click a second time. This should basically "open up" the file name for editing within the file list you are looking at.

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Sep 27, 2008 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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Rename user folder

You cannot rename the user folder because it is a system folder.

You can go to user accounts in control panel and rename the user account from the 'old name' to new name'. Unfortunately this will be purely cosmetic, the account will still be seen by the system with 'old name'.

The only efficient solution is going into control panel/accounts and creating an new account with 'new name'. Then you transfer all data to 'new name' account and delete the old account.

Jul 15, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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