Do you need to update your Windows 10 account name? Here are four ways to complete this task.

On Windows 10, there are many reasons you may need to change an account name. For example, you recently changed your name and want to show the correct information. You are using a local account and wish to show your full name instead of the nickname. Or You may want to update the account name because you consider a privacy problem, and you want to make your experience a little more private.

Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 10 includes different settings to change the name that appears in the Sign-in screen and across the OS. However, it’s not a straightforward process. Depending on your account type, the instructions will be different.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the various methods to change the account name that appears in the Sign-in screen for a local or Microsoft account.

How to change account name using Settings on Windows 10

When using a Microsoft account to login to Windows 10, the system pulls your account name from the cloud. This means that you have to change the settings online if you want to change the account name.

To change the name of the Windows 10 account, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Your info.
  4. Click the Manage my Microsoft account option.

  5. Sign in to your account (if applicable).
  6. Under the account picture, in the top-left, click the More actions menu.
  7. Select the Edit profile option.

  8. Under your current name, click the Edit name option.

  9. Change the new account name as needed.

    Quick tip: If you’re looking to make your information a little more private, you can use the first six letters of your name and the first two letters of your last name (often known as “6×2” by network administrators).

  10. Confirm the challenge to verify that a robot isn’t making the changes.
  11. Click the Save button.
  12. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the Sign-in screen should reflect the new name change. However, you may need to allow some time before the changes sync and apply to your devices.

Using this method, the only caveat is that changing the name online will also change the name and last name of any services connected to your Microsoft account, including Xbox Live, Outlook, and OneDrive, Microsoft 365, and others.

How to change account name using Control Panel on Windows 10

In the case that you’re using a local account, you can change the account name in several ways using Control Panel (but oddly enough, not from the Settings app).

Change account name with User Accounts

To change the account name using the User Accounts settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Under the “User Accounts” section, click the Change account type option.

  3. Select the local account to change its name.

  4. Click the Change the account name option.

  5. Confirm the new account name as you want it to appear in the Sign-in screen.

  6. Click the Change Name button.

After you complete the steps, sign-out, and the Sign-in screen should now show the new name.

Change account name with netplwiz

You can also use the legacy account management tool (netplwiz) to complete the same task.

To update the name of your account with netplwiz, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for netplwiz and click the top result to open the legacy account management tool.
  3. Click the Users tab.
  4. Select the account to change its name.
  5. Click the Properties button.

  6. (Optional) Update the “User name” field to change the account nickname.
  7. Confirm the new account name in the “Full Name” field. For example, “John Smith.”

    Quick tip: If you want to display a nickname instead of your real name, you can leave the “Full Name” field empty.

  8. Click the Apply button.
  9. Click the OK button.
  10. Click the OK button again.

Once you complete the steps, sign-out and the Sign-in screen will show the name you specified in the “Full Name” field.

Using these instructions, you can also edit accounts linked to a Microsoft account, but the information will quickly be overwritten by the cloud settings. As a result, these steps are only valid for local accounts.

Change account name with Computer Management

To use a different name on your Windows 10 account using Computer Management, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Computer Management and click the top result to open the console.
  3. Expand the System Tools branch.
  4. Double-click the Local Users and Groups branch.
  5. Click on Users.
  6. Right-click the account and select the Properties option.

    Quick tip: You can use the Rename option to change the profile nickname.

  7. Click the General tab.
  8. In the “Full name” field, confirm a new account name.

  9. Click the Apply button.
  10. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the next time you sign in to your account, the Sign-in screen will show the local account’s new name.

On Windows 10, you have several methods to change the name of the account, but any of the available options will change the name of the profile folder in the “Users” folder. You might be able to find online some workarounds, but it’s not recommended to use those steps, as you may end up coming across other issues.

If you want to change the account name everywhere on Windows 10, you should create a new account with a new name that you want to use, and then transfer all your settings and files to the newly created account.

More Windows 10 resources

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