Windows 10: How to change email associated with Windows 10 user account

  1.    15 Nov 2015 #1

    How to change email associated with Windows 10 user account


    Alright, so my issue is that I set up my Microsoft account on my Win10 laptop back when Win10 first released. At the time it was associated with an older email account that I have since changed to a new gmail account. I was able to go into my Microsoft account settings online and set the new email as an alias, as well as the primary for the account. My desktop (the system I am typing this on) is on this account with the new gmail address attached to the user account (as a Microsoft account). My laptop, however, still shows my old email as the account name. I contacted Microsoft directly and they connected to my laptop through a remote connection to try and fix it, but they were unable to figure out how to change the account name. I have since performed an in-place upgrade to refresh the Win10 install, which prompted for my Microsoft account credentials. I was able to connect successfully, but the account name is still stuck on my old email address. Under User settings in the control panel, there is no option to simply change account name like the local accounts do, and the OS is the home edition, so I have no access to the group policy editor settings. I have seen a few references to registry edits, but I'd rather avoid messing with that because I realize changing the account name might mess up directory addresses (since the 'user' directory is linked to account name). Does anyone here have any suggestions? Sorry for the wall of text, this is kind of a tricky situation to explain, plus trying to specify what I have already tried. Thanks for any help!
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  2. Posts : 11,250
    Windows 10 Pro
       15 Nov 2015 #2

    Step1: Switch your user account to Local Account (Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums).

    Step 2: Switch your account back to MS Account using your Gmail address based MS account (Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums).

    That's it, the issue should be resolved.

    Kari
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  3.    16 Nov 2015 #3

    I get an error saying that the Microsoft account could not be attached to the local account. It still signs me in, but I have to sign in for each individual app, and if I shut down the computer, the next time I boot it back up I have to sign in to everything again.
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