How to Change Your Account Name on Windows 11

nagamani nagamani 11 November 2022 Follow
How to Change Your Account Name on Windows 11

When you start setting up a new Windows 11 machine or a clean install, you can choose a username that you want to change later. Changing usernames is common when purchasing a pre-built system from a retail store or third party. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't built in a process that directly changes an account to an account name as you might expect. Whatever the reason for a name change, there are a few different ways to go about it. Check out three different ways to do this in Windows 11.

Change your account name in Windows 11 from Settings

  • To use the Settings app, click Settings or alternatively, open Settings directly using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + i.
  • Once you open Settings, click on Accounts in the left column and then click on your information from the list on the right.
  • On the following screen, click on the Accounts button.
  • This will open your Microsoft account page. Log in and click your profile picture above if prompted.
  • This will take you to the "Your Information" section. From there, click on the edit name link in the lower right corner
  • Now, enter the new first and last name. Type the required captcha and click the save button. Restart your computer and you should see the account name change.

Change account name in Windows 11 from Control Panel

Windows 11 still has the classic Control Panel you used in previous versions of Windows. You can also use it to change your account name. To open it, press the Windows key on your keyboard, type: Control Panel, select the top node, or press Enter.

  • When you open Control Panel, click on User Accounts.
  • Now, click Manage another account and select the account from the list of user accounts you want to edit.
  • Next, click on the “Change Account” link.
  • Type the name you want to use in the "Name" field and click the Name button.

Use the Advanced Control Panel to rename user accounts

Finally, you can use Advanced Control Panel Options to rename user accounts. Press the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to run the dialog: Click Netplwiz and click OK or press Enter.

Next, select the account you want to convert and click the Properties button.

Under the "General" tab, enter the name "Username" in the field. Click OK twice for the changes to take effect.

It is. You can change the account name to whichever method you use, depending on how you want to do it. But whatever methods you use you will achieve the same results. As with all versions of Windows, there is always more than one way to do a task.

If you are not yet running Windows 11, read the article on changing your account name in Windows 10 once.

About the new OS, see How to rename your Windows 11 PC. If you want to add more users to your Windows 11 PC, read our article on creating a local user account. Or see How to use the updated Virtual Desktop feature to learn more about the new features.

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