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    I used the migration assistant to transfer my old G4 to my husband's new Macbook laptop (after Oct.2009) and it worked well except now his "home" icon in finder has my name and not his. Any way to change that? I've tried but can't work that out.

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    Have a look at this for changing home name under OS X.5 and later:-


    OS X: How to change user account name or home directory name
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    wow thanks ever so! I will try in a.m. when husband is able to follow the instructions as I read them. Really appreciate this.

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    I have tried the renaming and I hit a dead end when enabling root directory. I have been to the apple site Enabling and using the "root" user in Mac OS X to enable root for 10.6. and it's not giving me the enable root option. It is not a big issue though. I may back up all and use the install disks rather than the migration assistant. Do you think that would clear it up?

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    Enabling the Root user will only get you in trouble anyway. Changing the name on the user home folder can go very wrong and lock you out of your data.

    An easier way to do it is have your husband create a new admin user on his machine and name it with his name. Log on to the new account. Then, copy everything from the old user name to the new account. Verify that everything is working OK. If it is, remove the old user account.

    Make sure you backup everything before doing the above.

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    sounds like a good plan...thanks I'll give it a try. Thanks so much for your quick response and help.

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    I want to change the home directory name as well as the administrator. Just creating a new administrator doesn't give me a user name does it? sorry if this is stupid.

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