How to Change Your User Name on Windows 10 or 11?

You may alter the user name associated with your Windows user account, but there are multiple methods for doing so depending on the type of account you have. This is how you do it.

How to Change a Microsoft Account Name?

If you have a Microsoft account, you must update your user name on the Microsoft website.

Begin by logging into your Microsoft Account. Edge users will most likely be immediately logged in. You’ll have to log in manually if you don’t use Microsoft Edge as your preferred browser. To reach the page, go to Settings > Accounts > Your Info and then click “Manage My Account.”

Click your name
After you’ve logged in, go to the top of the screen and click on your name.
Click "edit name."
Then, in the bottom-right corner of the first section, select “Edit name.”
Fill out your name and captcha; then click "Save."
In the window, enter your selected user name and captcha, then click “Save.”

How to Change a Local Account Name with Control Panel?

If you’re logged in with a local account, you can alter your user name in a different method. Because the option isn’t present in the Settings App, you’ll have to utilize Control Panel.

First, press the Start button. Then, in the search field, type “Control Panel” and press Enter.

Click "User Accounts."
In the Control Panel, go to “User Accounts.”
Click "User Accounts."
Then, click “User Accounts” once more.
Click "Change your account name."
In the list, choose “Change your account name.”
Enter your new user name in the box, then click "Change Name."
Allow any prompts that User Account Control (UAC) may offer you with at this point. Then, in the text box, write the new name you want. Finally, press the “Change Name” button.

Close the user account screen after clicking “Change Name.”

How to Change a Local Account Name With netplwiz?

You may also use netplwiz to alter your user name. The netplwiz approach is compatible with both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Hit Enter or Click "Ok."
To begin, press Windows+r and enter “netplwiz” in the run box, then press Enter or click “Ok.”
Select the user name you want to change, and then click "Properties."
Click “Properties” after selecting the user name you want to alter.
Enter name in box, click "Apply", then click "Ok."
Fill in the new user name in the box, then click “Apply” and “Ok.”

If you’re using a Microsoft account or a local account, you should restart your computer to ensure the changes take effect.

It’s also worth noting that your user folder will not be renamed or relocated. Windows and many other apps store data and settings in sub-folders of your user folder; as a result, changing the name of your user folder without disrupting things is tough. So, if you changed your user name from Bill to Tom, your user folder will still be “C:\Users\Bill” rather than “C:\Users\Tom.”

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