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How to Change User Name of an Account in Windows 10

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The user name of an account is used to identify the account in Windows. For example, on the sign-in screen.

This tutorial will show you how to change the name of any local account or your Microsoft account in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to change the name of a local account.

Note   Note
Changing the name of an account will not change the name of it's profile folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink2").

User names can't contain the following characters: / \ [ ] " : ; | < > + = , ? * % @
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CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Change Name of your Microsoft Account Online at Microsoft
  • Option Two: To Change Name of a Local Account in Control Panel
  • Option Three: To Change Name of a Local Account in Local Users and Groups
  • Option Four: To Change Name of a Local Account in netplwiz
  • Option Five: To Change Name of a Local Account in Command Prompt
  • Option Six: To Change Name of a Local Account in PowerShell





Change User Name of Account in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change User Name of Account in Windows 10
To Change Name of your Microsoft Account Online at Microsoft

Note   Note
This will affect the name of your Microsoft account on any device that you sign in with the same Microsoft account.


1. Go to the "Your info" page on the Microsoft account website, and sign in to your Microsoft account if not already.

2. Click/tap on the Edit name link under your current name. (see screenshot below)

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3. Type a new First name and Last name you want as the display name for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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4. Your Microsoft account's name will now be changed. (see screenshot below)

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5. To apply your new name, switch your Microsoft account to a local account on the PC, then afterwards switch the local account back to your Microsoft account on the same PC.





Change User Name of Account in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change User Name of Account in Windows 10
To Change Name of a Local Account in Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

2. Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on a local account (ex: "Brink2") you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on the Change the account name link. (see screenshot below)

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5. Type a new account name you want, and click/tap on Change Name. (see screenshot below)

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6. The name of the local account will now be changed. You can now close the Control Panel if you like. (see screenshot below)

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Change User Name of Account in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change User Name of Account in Windows 10
To Change Name of a Local Account in Local Users and Groups

Note   Note
Local Users and Groups is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Local Users and Groups.

2. Click/tap on Users in the left pane, and double click/tap on the current Name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the General tab, type the new Full name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4. The name of the local account will now be changed. You can now close Local Users and Groups if you like. (see screenshot below)

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Change User Name of Account in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Change User Name of Account in Windows 10
To Change Name of a Local Account in netplwiz

1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog, type netplwiz into Run, and click/tap on OK to open netplwiz.

2. Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box, select the local account you want to change the name of, and click/tap on the Properties button. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the General tab, type the new User name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4. If you wanted to have Windows automatically sign in to an account at startup, then you will need to set this up again now.

5. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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6. If you are currently signed in to this local account, click/tap on Yes to sign out and apply your changes.





Change User Name of Account in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Change User Name of Account in Windows 10
To Change Name of a Local Account in Command Prompt

1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. Make note of the current Name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

wmic useraccount get fullname, name

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3. Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

wmic useraccount where name="Current Name" rename "New Name"

Note   Note
Substitute Current Name in the command above with the actual current name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account from step 2 above.

Substitute New Name in the command above with the actual new name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account.

For example: wmic useraccount where name="Brink2" rename "Brink3"

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4. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.





Change User Name of Account in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Change User Name of Account in Windows 10
To Change Name of a Local Account in PowerShell

Note   Note
For more Rename-LocalUser command options and details, see: Rename-LocalUser - Microsoft Developer Network


1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

2. Type the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. Make note of the current Name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

Get-LocalUser

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3. Type the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Rename-LocalUser -Name "Current Name" -NewName "New Name"

Note   Note
Substitute Current Name in the command above with the actual current name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account from step 2 above.

Substitute New Name in the command above with the actual new name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account.

For example: Rename-LocalUser -Name "Brink2" -NewName "Brink3"

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4. You can now close the elevated PowerShell if you like.



That's it,
Shawn