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Computer broke down. Geek squad reinstalled Windows Vista Prem. In reinstallation, they were asked to "name" my computer. They used a different name than the one I'd been using. This has created all sorts of difficulties as I attempt to restore my files.. Is there a way to combine the two? Or, to eliminate the new name without hurting anything? Went to user accounts window, and new name isn't even listed, tho sometimes I see programs or files with "user\newname\...." rather than my original one.

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To change your computer's name in Windows Vista:

  1. Log into your computer with administrative rights. From the Start menu, open the Control Panel, and then double-click the System icon. (If you don't see the System icon, switch to Classic View in the upper left of the window.)
  2. In the System window that appears, in the lower-middle right of the window, click Change settings. In the dialog box that appears, click Continue.
  3. A new panel will open. Click Change... . You will see your computer's name listed.
  4. In the space marked "Computer Name:", delete what is there and type the name you want to give your computer.
  5. Click OK, then OK again, and then close the System window
Thats how to do it, but im not sure if it will have any impact of files/programs already on the new instalation.. good luck

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