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How does Microsoft choose the Username based on the email?

  1. #1

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    Windwos 8.1

    How does Microsoft choose the Username based on the email?

    Hello, I tried googling this everywhere and the question is driving me insane, I couldn;t find anything.

    Let's say my name is Mario Rossi, and my account is marcoros outlook com.

    Now, when I make a new installation and connect it directly to windows, it creates a C:\user\marco .

    Why the hell NOT marcoros? Why does it cut the username to 5 letters in my case? And not even take my First Name. It just cuts a piece of e-mail address and leaves it to make no sense ( because in my case its not marco which still would make sense, i would want it to be marcoros )

    Is there a way to change this by default so that when i make an installation i get the name like that? In the account options, somewhere?
    Or i have to make local account > marcoros > connect to marcoros outlook account?

    Please help me, this thing is really stupid IMHO with no logic, i may have missed something so i am the stupid one, but thats why im here to ask.

    THANKS EVERYONE. Hope i was clear enough with my example.

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2

    You can choose your own username. You do have to use a Microsoft Live account when first setting up Windows 8.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    You can choose your own username. You do have to use a Microsoft Live account when first setting up Windows 8.
    True. But to choose your own short name (as it appears under C:\Users) you have to make a local account first. The OP is correct I think the cut-off is 5 letters. For instance my name (Adam) is always created as Adam if I create it with a MS or local account.

    My wife and son who are stuck with 6 character names (in real life) end up with xxxxx_0001 if created as a MS account. If however I create them as local accounts I can then change them to MS accounts with no problem. So I do.

    You could change names theoretically (see here - User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name - Windows 7 Help Forums) but I think it is quicker to delete the account and create a local account with the correct name. Then convert it to a MS account if you want to.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    I always figured it used what I entered for my first name in my Live ID info. For me It's Kerry with a capital K. If it had picked it off of my email address it would be kerry with a lower case k. Unless it automatically capitalizes the first letter?
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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello YopMail, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    This would be the "display name" for your Microsoft account. It can be changed anytime you like though.

    Microsoft Account Display Name - Change - Windows 7 Help Forums
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