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OS 10.5 - Problems since using timemachine to restore

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Hi guys,

I got a new macbook a few days ago. I used the migration tool and restored from time machine.

I can't remember exactly how or why but I had to change the username slightly.

Now when I try do certain things, such as open a remote file in dream weaver I get the error: Can't create folder Macintosh HD:Users:myname:Library...

That user no longer exists, so I changed the new username to match, it didn't fix things. I didn't expect it to either.

What do I do?


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create a new user name, move all your apps, and stuff over.

delete old account.

that would be easiest for me, and least time consuming.

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Did this work for you mac_maverick?

I am having this same problem, (new username that I don't want), but not the problem with programs. After a restore, all of my progs work fine. I am having problems gaining access to some folders on my external hard drive that apparently belong to the old username after a restore.

Optimally, I would like everything to go back to my old username and then I wouldn't have any problems accessing anything, and I would be happy because I would have my old username back.

Can I delete the old one and then rename my current username? I know in System Preferences -> Accounts I can change my "User Name", but what I really want to change is what you see in the "Get Info" screen at the bottom under Sharing & Permissions: Name in the first slot back to my old one once I delete it.

Can this be done in a system-wide change so everything, including the folders contained in MacintoshHD:users: will be changed over? Even files I have created on my External from the new username that will be renamed?
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I have read this article.

and this post:

Operating System "Reset" Itself

However, I am actually attempting to do something else... I don't want the linking to the folders on my externalHD to be lost once I delete the older short username (Bob) and then rename my current one (Paul) to the old one using the "_new" technique described (Bob_new). I want to relink external hard drive permissions with the newly created old name (Bob_new) while also retaining permissions on all folders and files that were created and changed using the current new username (Paul).

The sounds so confusing but I worded at well as I could.
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