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    Home Folder name change 10.8.2
    Hi, I'm new to Mac's and have just bought a used Macbook Pro...

    My issue is that the Home Folder is in the old owners name and i need to change it to my own. I have changed everything else but not this.

    I had a look on the users and groups file and right clicked "advanced options" and there are "Home Directory" and "Account name" fields. I'm wondering if it is as simple as changing these to the Shortname I want and it will just update the folders. However I'm reluctant to change it in case it messes everything up.

    Anybody had anything similar or had to do this themselves? Looking for stuff on the net seems a bit useless...

    Any help is welcomed.
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    You just need to rename the User account in thr prefernces

    Whatever you do, dont rename the folder in the finder

    and disable the root user, unless you really have a need for it
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    I've been into and changed the Full Name to my name so the current user shows as me, however the home folder is still under the old user and need to change the "short name" to my name from what I've read.

    I just don't know how to do it

    ps thanks for the quick reply

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    When you bought an already used Mac from someone, wipe it clean and install it from scratch.
    That is the only way to do it properly, all the rest is what I call " fiddling around ".
    Pop in the install disks, format the disk and re-install the OS, then apply all OS updates and install your applications. ( Or use the recovery partition, depending on what Mac you have )

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    Damn, I was hoping I'd be able to do it without wiping it as it has a lot of Photoshop stuff on it...

    No easy way then?

    Oh, it's a Macbook Pro 13, Late 2011

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    Do as member McBie advises. Photoshop isn't legally licensed to you anyway unless the previous owner gave you all the original media and transferred the registration to you with Adobe.

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    OK cool. Thank you for all of your help people, I'll just do a format...

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