How To Change User Name Windows 10

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If you're using Windows 10, you may want to change your user name for various reasons. Maybe your name has changed, or you want to personalize your account. Whatever the reason, changing your user name on Windows 10 is a simple process that can be done in a few steps.

 

There are different methods to change your user name on Windows 10, and here we will cover some of the most straightforward ones. You can change your user name from the Settings app, Control Panel, or the Run dialogue box. Each method has its advantages, and you can choose the one that works best for you.

 

Before you start, it's essential to note that changing your user name will not change your account's email address or the name of your user folder. Also, if you're using a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows, changing your user name will change the name on all Microsoft services associated with your account, such as OneDrive or Outlook.

 

Step 1: Open Settings

 

If you want to change your user name on Windows 10, the first step is to open the Settings app. Here's how:

  1. Click on the Start menu in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on the gear icon to open the Settings app.
  3. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open Settings.

Once you have opened the Settings app, you will be able to access the necessary settings to change your user name.

It's important to note that there are several ways to access the Settings app on Windows 10. In addition to the methods listed above, you can also search for "Settings" in the search bar located next to the Start menu, or right-click on the Start menu and select "Settings" from the context menu.

 

Step 2: Click on Accounts

 

After opening the Control Panel, you need to click on the "Accounts" option. This will show you all the user accounts that are currently active on your Windows 10 computer.

From here, you can select the account whose name you want to change. You can either choose to change the name of a local account or a Microsoft account, depending on which one you are currently using.

 

If you are using a Microsoft account, you will need to sign in with your Microsoft credentials to proceed with the name change. Once you have signed in, you can follow the same steps as changing the name of a local account.

 

If you are unsure whether you are using a local or Microsoft account, you can check by going to the "Settings" app and clicking on the "Accounts" option. Here, you will be able to see which type of account you are currently using.

 

It is important to note that changing the name of your user account will not affect your files or settings. Your data will remain intact, and you will be able to access it with your new username.

 

Step 3: Click on Your Info

 

Once you have opened the Settings app, click on the "Accounts" option to access your account settings. Underneath your profile picture and display name, you will see the "Your info" section. Click on it to proceed to the next step.

 

In the "Your info" section, you will see various options related to your account, including your name, email address, and other details. This is where you can change your account name on Windows 10.

Clicking on "Your info" will take you to a page where you can manage your Microsoft account. If you are not already signed in, you will need to enter your Microsoft account email and password to access this page.

Once you have accessed your Microsoft account page, you can edit your profile details, including your name, profile picture, and other information. You can also manage your account security settings, payment options, and other preferences.

 

If you want to change your account name, click on the "Edit Profile" option under the "More Actions" dropdown menu. This will take you to a page where you can change your name and other profile details.

 

Overall, changing your account name on Windows 10 is a simple process that can be done through the Settings app. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily change your account name and other profile details to better reflect your personal preferences and identity.

Step 4: Click on Manage my Microsoft Account

 

After opening the Windows Settings, click on the "Accounts" option. Following that, click on the "Your info" option. Here, you will find an option to manage your Microsoft account. Click on the "Manage my Microsoft account" option to proceed further.

 

Once you click on it, you will be redirected to the Microsoft account website where you can edit your account details. You can change your account name, email address, phone number, and other details from here. After making the necessary changes, save them and exit the website.

 

It is important to note that changing your Microsoft account name will also change the name that appears on your Windows 10 login screen. If you prefer to use a different name on your login screen, you will need to change your account name and your Windows 10 username separately.

Changing your Microsoft account name can also affect other Microsoft services that you use, such as OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. It is recommended to check the impact of the name change on these services before proceeding with the change.

 

Additionally, if you have multiple devices linked to your Microsoft account, the name change will be reflected on all of them. It is important to keep this in mind before making any changes to your Microsoft account.

Step 5: Sign in to your Microsoft account

 

If you're using a Microsoft account to sign in to your Windows 10 device, your account name is automatically updated to match the name on your Microsoft account. To change your Microsoft account name:

  1. Click the Windows logo and the gear icon to open Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts.
  3. Select Your account.
  4. Click the Manage my Microsoft account link.
  5. In your Microsoft account main page, click Edit name below your account picture.
  6. Enter your preferred name, and click Save.
  7. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If you're using a local account to sign in to your Windows 10 device, you can switch to a Microsoft account and then follow the above steps to change your account name. Here's how to switch to a Microsoft account:

  1. Click the Windows logo, and click on the gear icon to open Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts.
  3. Click on Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to sign in with your Microsoft account.
  5. Once you're signed in, follow the above steps to change your account name.

Changing your Microsoft account name will also change the name displayed on other Microsoft services, such as Outlook.com and OneDrive.

 

Step 6: Click on Edit Name

 

After you have accessed your Microsoft account, you can easily change your name by clicking on the "Edit Name" option. This option allows you to modify your first and last name as they appear on your account.

When you click on the "Edit Name" option, a new page will open where you can enter your new name. Simply type in your new first and last name, and then click on the "Save" button to confirm the changes.

It's important to note that changing your name on your Microsoft account will also change the name that appears on your Windows 10 sign-in screen, as well as any other Microsoft services that you use, such as Office 365 or OneDrive.

Once you have saved your new name, it may take a few minutes for the changes to take effect. You may need to sign out of your account and then sign back in again for the changes to be fully applied.

 

Step 7: Enter a new name and click Save

 

After opening the account preferences page in a browser, click the "More Actions" drop-down and then click on "Edit Profile" from the options below. This will take you to the "Edit profile" page where you can change your name.

On the "Edit profile" page, click on the "Edit name" button. This will allow you to enter your desired new username in the "First name" and "Last name" fields. Be sure to double-check your spelling and capitalization before clicking "Save."

 

Once you click "Save," wait for a few minutes, and the new username will automatically sync with your Windows 10 device. It's important to note that this change will only affect your account name and not your account's email address or login credentials.

 

If you encounter any issues with changing your username, try logging out of your account and then logging back in to see if the changes have taken effect. If the issue persists, consider contacting Microsoft support for further assistance.

9 Replies

The command prompt method won't work, It'll just set your password to newname. I'm pretty sure there is no way to change a username using command prompt except for deleting and recreating an account.

new username
Steps for using run command
1. Win + R, type “control userpasswords2”, and hit Enter.
After that you can create username and full name and press apply.

@rahulkhorwal 

 

Is there any way to change the administrator email, unfortunately without knowing the previous users windows login? This computer belonged to a former coworker who left and had set up their own work station. It is now my personal computer but I do not know how to change the admin settings to reflect this to the email I use. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated 

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