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hi all

i bought a second hand Mac and have changed most of the name details but in finder i cant change the home account folder name from the prev owner, ive looked up that i need to go in to account and enable root user is this correct?

if so when i go and open the directory utility i am unable to enable root user as the edit table doesent come up.

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Go to the  menu > System Preferences and the Accounts preferences.

You can change the home details from there

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hi louishen

i changed what i can from there in the accounts but in finder under places the home folder still has the old name i go in to info but the name is in light grey and i cant change?

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When purchasing a second hand Mac or any other computer, it's best to completely wipe the hard drive, re-install the OS and start over. That way, you don't need to worry about changing accounts and it also avoids any other problems that may be left over from the previous owner. Of course this assumes the previous owner included the original install media when selling the machine to you.

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This is tricky and as has been said, when buying used, a clean install in best. You should have received the install disks.

I think this is what you are looking for; Mac OS X: How to change user short name or home directory name. Note that this document does not mention 10.6.

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cheers guys

I guess its time to start the wiping and reinstalling

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Also, take note, that when one changes the name of the home folder in finder, that if not done correctly, they will mess up the whole directory.
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lol that just proves you should check out everything before buying something second hand

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