How to change Windows 10 account name: step-by-step guide

Windows 10 has significantly improved the boot time of a computer running Microsoft’s operating system. With modern chipsets, we are now getting very fast boot experience. Whenever your Windows 10 PC starts, the first thing you will notice is the login screen. This login screen shows the name of the user along with Microsoft account name if you have added.

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This login screen name is often the one that you select at the time of setting up your computer. What if you are planning to hand over this computer to your kid or a family member, who might be learning or working from home. In that case, you might as well change the user name so they feel like the computer belongs to them.

If you have administrator access, you can change the username of the account. When you change the user name, it won’t change the name of the user folder, the place where all your files are stored. It is very easy to change the user name on a Windows 10 machine. Here is how.

How to change user account name on Windows 10

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run application. Or search for Run in the Start menu.
  2. Type “control userpasswords2” into the search field and press Enter or click on OK.Windows 10 Username
  3. This will open a menu called “User Accounts”. Click on the username that you want to change and select Properties option below.Windows 10 Username
  4. In the new pop-up window that opens, you will see the option to make changes.Windows 10 Username
  5. You will have option to change the account username in the first text field to the new name of your choice.
  6. You can also edit information such as Full name and Description.
  7. Click on Apply and then tap on OK to close both the windows.
  8. You will see the new username take effect as soon as you next sign out.

Please note this process will change the user name of the machine. It will not change the name of your user folder. If you want to do that, don’t rename it since it would corrupt your files. Create a new profile and then copy over all your files.

Karthekayan Iyer

Karthekayan is an Assistant Editor at Pricebaba. He covers consumer technology for Pricebaba and leads the development of the deals section. With a degree in Instrumentation Engineering, Karthekayan spent three years working for an engineering firm before becoming a tech reporter. He writes news, features and reviews the latest gadgets. He has over 8 years' experience and has worked with Indian Express, and BGR India in the past.