7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2009 12:46 PM by nerowolfe
wshioshio Level 1 Level 1
I want to change the name on the house icon. I originally name it with my name, but when it malfunction and came back from a repair shop, it was named with my husband's name. I tried so many different things but no solutions. Is there any way???????
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9
    Instructions for doing this are given here:


    with the caveat that it's not generally a good idea. However in your case you do have a good reason: please read the instructions for OS10.5 very carefully and follow them to the letter.
  • Dimaxum Level 5 Level 5

    Read this link ...


    Good luck ...

    Also you could find the answer to your question ... by using the archive data base in this forum on your right hand ... *Search Discussions* it took me 10 seconds ...

    Before posting make sure that your question didn't ask before

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9
    The advice given in the post linked to is unsafe and has not even been tried by the poster. It stands a good chance of rendering the files difficult to access. The Apple Tech Note I linked to gives the authentic procedure.
  • wshioshio Level 1 Level 1
    It is highlighted with orange and when I try, it tells me it is required by the system...what am I doing wrong??
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9
    Have you enabled the root user and logged in as root as stated in the tech page?
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6
    wshioshio wrote:
    I originally name it with my name, but when it malfunction and came back from a repair shop, it was named with my husband's name.

    I suggest first making sure that the name you see is for your user account & not for a different account for your husband. It may be that there are different user accounts, each with its own home folder (the folder with the house icon) & corresponding short user name, on the Mac.

    One way to check this is in the Finder to tap the "g" key while holding down the Command & Shift keys, which brings up a dialog box. Type "/Users/" (without the quotes) in the box & click the "Go" button. This takes you to the root level Users folder where all home folders are stored. You should see at least two: one named "Shared" & another with your husband's name. The one with your husband's name should have the house icon; any others will have a regular folder icon. If you see a third folder with your name, it means that you are logged into your husband's account instead of your own. If so, go to the Apple menu & select "log out xxx" (where "xxx" is your husband's long account name) & see if you are presented with a login screen with both your accounts as choices.

    Alternately, open the Accounts system preference & see if more than one user account is listed. If so, click the line of text with the house icon that says "Login Options" to see if (for example) your Mac is set to automatically log in to your husband's account.

    If none of this applies to you, do as Roger suggested & carefully review the Apple article he mentioned to make sure you are following the 10 steps listed under the heading "For Mac OS X 10.5 or later" exactly as described.

    One other general suggestion: try to avoid the use of the word "it" in your posts unless it is very clear what "it" refers to. Not only does this make it easier for us to understand exactly what you are talking about, writing out what "it" stands for very often will help clarify in your own mind how to properly perform various procedures & where you might be making a mistake in applying them.
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6
    The safest thing is to bring it back to the repair shop and let them fix the name.