Accounts Change User Account Name in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to change the name of a local account or Microsoft account in Windows 11.

Having different accounts on a shared PC lets multiple people use the same device, all while giving everyone their own sign-in info, plus access to their own files, browser favorites, and desktop settings.

You can add a local user account (an offline account) or Microsoft account for a user to sign in to the PC with.

The user name of an account is used to identify the account in Windows.


You must be signed in as an administrator to change the name of a local account.

Changing the name of an account will not change the name of its profile folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink2") used in paths.

User names can't contain the following characters: / \ [ ] " : ; | < > + = , ? * % @




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OPTION ONE

Change Name of Microsoft Account Online at Microsoft


This option will change the name of your Microsoft account on all devices you sign in with the same Microsoft account.


1 Go to the "Your info" page on the Microsoft account website, and sign in to your Microsoft account if not already.

2 Click/tap on the Edit name link. (see screenshot below)

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3 Type a new First name and Last name you want as the display name for your Microsoft account, enter the Captcha characters you see to verify, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

The First name and Last name you enter will be used as the full name of your Microsoft account shown on the lock screen and at sign in on your devices.

The Last name you enter will be used as the name of your Microsoft account on your devices.


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4 While connected to the Internet, sign out and sign in to your Microsoft account on your Windows 11 PC to apply.





OPTION TWO

Change Name of Local Account in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

2 Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on a local account (ex: "Brink2") you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

Change_local_account_name_Control_Panel-2.png

4 Click/tap on the Change the account name link. (see screenshot below)

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5 Type a new account name you want, and click/tap on Change Name. (see screenshot below)

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6 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.





OPTION THREE

Change Name of Local Account in Local Users and Groups


The Local Users and Groups is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1 Open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc).

2 Click/tap on Users in the left pane, and double click/tap on the current Name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

Change_local_account_name_lusrmgr-1.png

3 In the General tab, type the new Full name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close the Local Users and Groups if you like.





OPTION FOUR

Change Name of Local Account in netplwiz


1 Open netplwiz.

2 Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box if available, select the local account (ex: "Brink2") you want to change the name of, and click/tap on the Properties button. (see screenshot below)

If you turned on For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device (aka: passwordless sign-in), you will not see the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer check box until you turn off For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device.

If your PC is currently joined to a domain, then the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. box will not be available.


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3 In the General tab, type the new User name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4 If you wanted to have Windows automatically sign in to an account at startup, then you will need to set this up again now.

5 When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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6 If you are currently signed in to this local account, click/tap on Yes when prompted to sign out and apply your changes. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FIVE

Change Name of Local Account in Command Prompt


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. Make note of the current Name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

wmic useraccount get fullname, name

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3 Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

wmic useraccount where name="Current Name" rename "New Name"

Substitute Current Name in the command above with the actual current name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account from step 2 above.

Substitute New Name in the command above with the actual new name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account.

For example: wmic useraccount where name="Brink2" rename "Brink3"


Change_local_account_name_command-2.png

4 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.





OPTION SIX

Change Name of Local Account in PowerShell


For more Rename-LocalUser command options and details, see: Rename-LocalUser - Microsoft Developer Network


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the Get-LocalUser command into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. Make note of the current Name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)

Change_local_account_name_PowerShell-1.png

3 Type the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Rename-LocalUser -Name "Current Name" -NewName "New Name"

Substitute Current Name in the command above with the actual current name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account from step 2 above.

Substitute New Name in the command above with the actual new name (ex: "Brink3") you want for the local account.

For example: Rename-LocalUser -Name "Brink2" -NewName "Brink3"


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4 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.





OPTION SEVEN

Change Name of Built-in Administrator account in Local Security Policy


This option is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1 Open Local Security Policy (secpol.msc).

2 Expand open Local Policies in the left pane, and click/tap on Security Options. (see screenshot below)

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3 In the right pane of Security Options, double click/tap on Accounts: Rename administrator account. (see screenshot above)

4 Type a new name you want for the built-in Administrator account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Local Security Policy if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Changing the name of an account will not change the name of its profile folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink2").

Hi Shawn,

the REAL problem is in the above quoted sentence !

If I change my user account according to your methods, I have still the WRONG name in my userprofile, i.e. when I open "User\MY NAME" on my PC, I still fall on the WRONG name. This is because Microsoft UNILATERALLY (and without my consent) reduces my username to only 4 letters.

Example: I give in RogerOver as my account name and in my userprofile, Microsoft cuts off part of my name and amputates it to "roge". This means during day to day work, whenever I go to my user folder, I fall on this "amputation" !

And you cannot change it. I think this is inadmissible !
How can and why does Microsoft take the liberty to do this "amputation" ?

I have tried this solution through the registry (end of the contribution):

But I have made the experience, that this is a very risky manoeuvre !

So in a nutshell: Your 7 solutions are very nice, .... but they don't solve the problem !

Regards Roger
 

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Hello @RogerOver, :-)

Yep, this tutorial is just for the account name, and not the user profile folder.

You can use the method in the tutorial below to change the user profile folder name in Windows 11. I agree, it's not always 100% without side effects though.

 

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Brink,
I installed Windows 11 Pro with a Microsoft Account. I successfully followed your excellent tutorial on overcoming the truncated user folder name but I have a few questions related to this topic.

I want to change the name Windows uses for my account by getting rid of the last name. In option 1 above, Microsoft insists I enter at least one character for the last name. Is there a way I can change that in the Registry? I tried searching the registry for my MS account's name (let's say it's Geo B) and came across it in several places but when I tried to change one that seemed promising, a warning popped up saying I couldn't change it.

Can you help me accomplish what's in Option 1 without having to enter anything for the last name? Maybe a way to do it in the registry?
Thanks
 

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Brink,
I installed Windows 11 Pro with a Microsoft Account. I successfully followed your excellent tutorial on overcoming the truncated user folder name but I have a few questions related to this topic.

I want to change the name Windows uses for my account by getting rid of the last name. In option 1 above, Microsoft insists I enter at least one character for the last name. Is there a way I can change that in the Registry? I tried searching the registry for my MS account's name (let's say it's Geo B) and came across it in several places but when I tried to change one that seemed promising, a warning popped up saying I couldn't change it.

Can you help me accomplish what's in Option 1 without having to enter anything for the last name? Maybe a way to do it in the registry?
Thanks

Hello geobrick, and welcome. :alien:

I'm afraid not. Option 1 is the only way to actually rename your Microsoft account.
 
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