In Windows 10 and 11 you can change the Windows user name. To do so you need to follow three different ways depending upon the type of account you have. You might be using a Microsoft email account or just using a local account on Windows 10 or 11. So, let’s see how we can modify the Windows username in the email, from the control panel, or use a netplwiz command.
In this guide:
Change Windows Account Name via Email
In case you are signed in with a Microsoft account then you have to make changes to the user name on the Microsoft website.
In order to manage the account and change the user name, you need to log in to your Microsoft account. You can log in to the account via a web browser (Automatic log-in on Edge browser). For other browsers, you have to log in manually. Alternatively, you can do the following
Settings > Click on
Accounts > Click on
Your Info > Click Manage
- Look for your
user nameand click on it.
- Locate the option
Edit namein the right bottom of the section in front of your full name and click on it.
Last nameand type
captchain the corresponding field, and click on the
Savebutton to save the changes you made.
Changing Local Account Name via Control Panel
In case you are logged in with a local user in Windows, then there will be a different way to change it. The option to change the local user name is not available in settings, so you need to use the Control Panel for the purpose. You need to follow the following steps.
- Click on the
Startbutton and type
Control Panelin the Search field, Click on
Opento open the control panel.
- In Control Panel look for the
User AccountsCategory and click on it
- On the next window look for
User Accountsoption and click on it.
- Click on the
Change your account nameoption
- Type in the new name under the option
Type a new account namein the field and click on the
Change Namebutton to save the changes you made.
Change Windows Local Account Name via Command netplwiz
The local user name can be changed via
netplwiz command as an alternate control panel method. The advantage of this method is that you can modify the user name as well along with the display name. In order to do so, you need to run the netplwiz command. There are two ways to execute the command.
- In the
- In the
To open Command Prompt window click on
start button and type the command prompt in
search field, click the
Command Prompt in the search results to open it. Command Prompt window will appear. Type
netplwiz and hit
Enter on the keyboard.
- To execute netplwiz through the Run command window, Press the
Windows+Rkeyboard shortcut to open the Run window, alternatively, you can
Right Clickon the
Startbutton and then click on
- After executing the command, the User Accounts window will appear. Click on the
user namefor which you want to change the name and then click on
Propertiesbutton to proceed further.
- Type in the new user name in the
User Namefield, your full name in the
Full namefield (Optional), and then click on the
Applybutton to save the changes you made. Click on the
OKbutton, and the previous window will appear with the changed name as you typed.
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