Change local user account name in Windows 10

How can I change the local user account name in Windows 10? In  control panel/user account it is not possibile.

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Hi Alessandra,

Thank you for posting on Microsoft Community.

I understand that you want to change the username of another account on your computer. We will be glad to assist you.

Before we proceed, we would like to know what happens when you try to change the username from Control Panel.

Follow the steps provided below to change the username and check.

  1. Press Windows key + X key.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Under view, select large icons.
  4. Go to User Account.
  5. Click on Manage another account.
  6. Select the User Account for which you want to select the password.
  7. Click on Change the username.
  8. Click on Change Name button.

 

Hope it helps. Do let us know if your issue is resolved. For any further query, feel free to contact us.

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Thank you Syed for the quick answer but I Wish to change my own local user name since I am now in a home group and the account name is now the same as that of the other pc.

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Thank you Syed for the quick answer but I Wish to change my own local user name since I am now in a home group and the account name is now the same as that of the other pc.

Following Syed's instructions, upto number 4.  Do you have change Your account name ( high lighted in Picture)

If you do click that, and you have the option to change. It usually takes effect after a reboot.

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If its the only admin account on the computer, before changing the name,  to be safe in case something goes wrong, you might want to first open a command prompt admin and run the command;

net user administrator /active:yes

you probably could even use the build in administrators account to change the name.

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Hi Wayne,

the option "change your account name" is present only in one of the two pc's, let's say the secondary one.

anyhow I changed the name very easily and there is no problem. The only question is: why this option is not present in the other pc?

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I don't see the Change Your Account Name option in Windows 10 Pro. The account username assigned to me is my first initial and first 4 letters of my surname. This follows a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. Previously, it gave my whole name. It's not a huge deal, but it's still annoying. Any other ways if this option isn't showing please?

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I have the same problem. The option "change your account name"  does not appear. I have 4 user accounts setup on my desktop. On two of them the option to change the name appears. On the other two it does not nor do they have the options to change the password. Very annoying.

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With a local account i can change the name but not with a Microsoft account. Is very annoying

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Hi,

 

Thank you for keeping us updated on this query.

 

How are you trying to change your account name?

 

To change Microsoft account name, you need to login into Microsoft website, enter your Microsoft ID and password, and then make changes to your account name.

 

Link to login into Microsoft account is given below:

www.microsoft.com

 

Hope this helps!
 
Get back to us if you have queries regarding Windows, we will be happy to help you.
 
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The real problem in this underlying question is that the option for "Change the User Name" does not always show up and, from what I have noticed, it depends on the operating system under which the local account was initially created. I converted two desktops to Windows10. One from from Windows 7 and the other from Windows 8.1, The local accounts converted from OS 7 all show the "Change the User Name" option. The ones converted from OS 8.1 do not. Further, if one creates an account totally within Windows 10 it also does not show the option to change the names. So, it appears to me that Microsoft made a conscious decision to eliminate that option starting with the OS 8.1 

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