How to Change Your Account Name on Windows 10

A how-to guide on Change Account Name or Username on Windows 10. When you install Windows on your PC you must be asked to enter your PC name and username at the end of the installation process. While installing windows you may not have any plans over your username so, upon asking for the username you may choose the first thing that pops into your mind or something that you intend to change later. But unlike older versions of Windows changing account name in Windows 10 PC is not a straightforward process. It is possible, but there are a few things to consider, read on for more details.

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How to change the User Account name

Your username is the main identity of your Windows 10 PC. Mistakes may happen at the time of installation or you may want to change it. Anyway, we are sharing the guide to change the username in Windows.

Method 1: Control Panel

Control Panel has always been the main workaround for Windows 10. Now, open Control Panel.

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Open the User Accounts control panel, then click Manage another account.

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Select the account you want to edit.

edit user account name

Select 'change the account name' option.

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Enter the desired username for the account then click Change Name.

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Method 2: User Accouts Control Panel

Next method is also using the User Accounts control panel, but via command.

Press Windows Key + R, then type netplwiz or control userpasswords2 then hit Enter.

Select the account then click Properties.


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Change User Folder Name

Changing username is a pretty easy task, but one saddest fact is that this change will not be reflected in the user folder located within the C: drive. Renaming it might be risky as every program on your PC is using the current username as the path. So, there’s a chance for corrupt files. Sometimes, sticking with it or just creating a new user account and copy all files to the new account is a better option than ending up with a corrupt user profile.

I recommend creating a new account, administrator as account type and transfer the files from old to new.

Transfer items from user folder like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music & Video and you are ready to go.

Still, if you want to change the folder name there is an advanced option available. This process involves accessing the security identifier (SID) via command line to make the necessary changes in the Registry. Before you go any further, as a precaution, create a system restore point in advance.

Open the command prompt with Administrator privileges,

type: wmic useraccount list full then hit Enter. Scroll down then take note of the SID values for the account you want to change.

Type: cls to clear the screen.

The next step is to rename the account. Doing this from the command line is just as easy.

Type CD c:\users then hit Enter.
Type: rename OldUserName NewUserName

For example, rename “John Doe” “Alex Rules”

Change Account Name in Windows

Open Start, type: regedit

Right-click Regedit.

Click Run as administrator.

Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Remember that SID value we accessed earlier via command? We need that here.

Once you find it, select it, then double-click the value ProfileImagePath. You will see the old name we had earlier is still there. Change it to the new name you want to use.

Change Account Name

There you have it, the name you actually needed for your PC. Let us know if you have any queries by comments below.

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