I had the same problem too. I couldn't find a way to change the name but I moved all my files to an external drive, re installed Lion (from recovery mode). In the installation , it asks a name for your home folder. Then I moves my files back. I dont know if there is an easier way but that worked for me.
my ignorance is vast – so I may not be saying it right. At present, I have (sole) administrative control of the computer. But I haven't been able to change the name associated with "Home" to something other than the name originally set by the computer's previous owner/administrator (my wife).
It's just a hassle for me. For example, "Downloads" (the default destination for downloads) is inside a usernamed folder/directory that I don't ordinarily use to store my stuff.
I wish I had the vocab to be more specific – I'm working on it. Thanks!
I had to google "recovery mode" 'cause I'd never heard of it.
Because I've fouled things up many (many) times before, I'd like to ask:
1) When you say that you "moved all [your] files to an external drive" – is this equivalent to a Time Machine backup? Or did you select "All My Files" and drag them on an ext. hard drive?
2) After you "moved all [your] files to an external drive" – did you erase/re-format the hard drive in yr computer before calling on the "recovery mode"?
Thank you – I appreciate yr help!
At present, I have (sole) administrative control of the computer. But I haven't been able to change the name associated with "Home" to something other than the name originally set by the computer's previous owner/administrator (my wife).
You can't, the original name is squirelled away all over the machine.
The only way to get it to be all yours, is to backup all data files off the machine, hold command option r down on a wired keyboard at boot time connected to a fast Internet connection and use Disk Utility to erase the ENTIRE drive, then reinstall OS X with your AppleID and password into the Macintosh HD partition.
When you reboot, you are greated to the intial install, where you can place your name all over the machine.
When you erase the drive this way all programs are gone, and only those associated with AppleID can be downloaded from AppStore as they are copy protected.
Recovery mode is a hidden partition of your disk which basically allows you to re install your OS. You can go there by restarting your computer and holding cmd and r (command + r) keys while booting your computer up. There you will se an option to reinstall Lion (or mountain lion). This will erase ALL YOUR DATA ON YOUR COMPUTER and download the OS for a clean install. So yes this is formatting your drive.
And I only moves (drag and drop) my documents, applications, downloads, desktop and music folders. (you may want to move additional folders like movies if you have anything in them)