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User Account Name - Change in Windows 8


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User Account Name - Change in Windows 8
This tutorial will help show you how to change the user name of a local account and Microsoft account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
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How to Change an User Account Name in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will help show you how to change the user name of a local account and Microsoft account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
How to Change an User Account Name in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
A user account's name is the name that displays on the Welcome (sign in/log on) and Start screens in Windows 8.

This tutorial will help show you how to change the user name of a local account and Microsoft account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
Changing the name of a user account only changes the name that is displayed on the Welcome (sign in/log on) and Start screens for that user account, and no where else. The only true way to fully rename a user account is to create a new account with the name wanted instead, and delete the old account.

Changing the name of a user account does not change the name of the user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder.

User names can't contain the following characters: / \ [ ] " : ; | < > + = , ? * % @

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OPTION ONE
To Change Display Name of Your "Microsoft Account" in PC Settings

NOTE: This option is if you have either a "standard" or "administrator" Microsoft account.
1. Do either step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Go Directly to Your Microsoft Account Settings Online from any Computer
A) Click/tap on the link below to sign in to your Microsoft "Account summary" page, and go to step 4 below.​


3. Use "PC Settings" while Signed in to Your Microsoft Account in Windows 8.1
A) Open PC settings, click/tap on Accounts on the left side. (see screenshot below)​
8.1_Accounts_PC-settings-1.jpg
B) Click/tap on Your account on the left side, click/tap on the More account settings online link at the top of the right side, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)​
8.1_Accounts_PC-settings-2.jpg

4. To Use "PC Settings" while Signed in to Your Microsoft Account in Windows 8
A) Open PC settings, click/tap on Users on the left side, click/tap on the More account settings online link at the top of the right side, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)​
Rename_Microsoft_Account-1.jpg

5. If this PC or device is not a trusted device, then you will be prompted to enter and submit a security code sent to your phone or alternate email address. (see screenshots below)​
Code-1.jpg
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6. In Internet Explorer, or default web browser, click/tap on the Edit display name link under Account summary. (see screenshot below)​
Rename_Microsoft_Account-2.jpg

7. Type in a first name and last name that you want to display as your Microsoft account name, and click/tap on the Save button. (see screenshot below)​
MS-Name-2.jpg

8. When finished, close the web browser.​
9. Switch to a local account using the user name it gives you.​
10. Switch to a Microsoft account using the same email address that you just changed the name for in step 3 or 4 above.​






OPTION TWO
To Change User Name of Any "Local Account" in Control Panel

NOTE: You must be signed in to an administrator (local or Microsoft) account to be able to do this option. A standard local account will not be able to change their own user name.
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.​
2. Do either step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.​
3. To Change Your Local User Account Name
A) Click/tap on the Change your account name link. (see screenshot below)​
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B) If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes, and go to step 5 below.​
4. To Change the User Name of Another Local Account
A) Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)​
Other-1.jpg
B) If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.​
C) Click/tap on the "local account" that you want to change the name of. (see screenshot below)​
Other-2.jpg
D) Click/tap on the Change the account name link, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)​
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5. Type in the new user name you want, and click/tap on Change Name. (see screenshot below)​
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6. You will now notice the name changed. (see screenshot below)​
Other-5.jpg
7. When finished, you can close the User Accounts window if you like.​




OPTION THREE
To Change User Name of an Account in Local Users and Groups

NOTE: You must be signed in to an administrator (local or Microsoft) account to be able to do this option. Local Users and Groups will only be available in the Pro and Enterpise editions of Windows.
2. In the left pane, click/tap on Users. (see screenshot below)​
lusrmgr_Change_User_Name-1.jpg

3. In the right pane, double click/tap on the name of the user account (ex: Russell) that you want to change the display name of. (see screenshot above)​
4. In the General tab, type in the user name/display name (ex: Russell Brink) you want instead for the user account (ex: Russell) in the Full name field, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​
lusrmgr_Change_User_Name-2.jpg

5. When finished, you can close Local Users and Groups if you like.​






OPTION FOUR
To Change User Name of Any "Local Account" in Command Prompt

NOTE: You must be signed in to an administrator (local or Microsoft) account to be able to do this option. A standard local account will not be able to change their own user name. You can also use this option to rename the built-in "Administrator" account.
2. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​
wmic useraccount where name="current user name" rename "new user name"
Note   Note
You will need to substitute current user name in the command above with the actual current name of the user account you want to rename.
Note   Note

You will need to substitute new user name in the command above with the actual new name that you want to rename the user account with.​

3. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.​
Change_user_acount_name_command.jpg





That's it,
Shawn


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Hello..! Thank you for this thread, it's more than helpful, although unfortunately I'm experiencing some problems. I would like to change my username on my main account, I went to my live mail, I edited my name and saved the changes. I closed the browser and then shut down my computer, when I turned it back on, I still had my old username. PLEASE HELP..!!!
 

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Hello Say What, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Since this is for a Microsoft Account, did you do step 7 and 8 in OPTION ONE to toggle the change?
 

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[h=2][/h] Thank you very much.Well, haha, I only signed out from my original account because I had to go on my local account, and when I signed out, I noticed that it changed my name..! Thank you for this helpful guide.
 

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You're most welcome. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. :)
 

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Hi Brink,

Just want to say that this tutorial is great - I really needed to change my username in windows 8.

Also, you forgot to cover your email address in Option 2 Step 4C's picture - just thought I would mention that

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Thank you aar407. Luckily that address had been retired for some time now. :)
 

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Hi Brink!

Thank you for your article.

I have a question. When I changed my username the old one is being displayed still in command prompt. Is it possible to change username completely? In command prompt as well?

Do you know whether username is revealed during network connection. Can server or my ISP see my username?

Thank you. :geek:
 

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Hello Christianus,

A network log in dialog should use the new name.

The command prompt uses the name of the account's C:\Users\(user-name) user profile folder name.

The best way to change a user profile folder name would be to create a new account with the name you wanted instead. :(
 

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Hi

i have only 1 local account , i changed my account name following the tutorial
now in the start menu i have the new name but in in the task manager under users there is my old name

why?
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Hi

i have only 1 local account , i changed my account name following the tutorial
now in the start menu i have the new name but in in the task manager under users there is my old name

why?
thanks
Hello drugo,

Changing the name of a user account only changes the name that is displayed on the Welcome (sign in/log on) and Start screens for that user account, and no where else. The original name of the account will always display in the other locations.

The only true way to fully rename a user account is to create a new account with the name wanted instead, and delete the old account. :(
 

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Hello drugo,
The only true way to fully rename a user account is to create a new account with the name wanted instead, and delete the old account. :(
hi Brink
thanks for the answer
but create a new account and delete the old , will break for example photoshop installation ?
i mean i did a clean w8.1 install and photoshop cc installation
if i will create a new account and detele the old what can happen?
 

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Nothing will happen to the installed programs, but you will loose your settings, need to create new shortcuts of them, and/or pin them where you like again.

If the old account is a Microsoft account, then you will need to switch the new local account to the same Microsoft account after deleting the old account.
In addition, be sure to make the new account an administrator type first while still signed in to your old account.
 

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Changing the name of a user account only changes the name that is displayed on the Welcome (sign in/log on) and Start screens for that user account, and no where else. The original name of the account will always display in the other locations.
So is this why MS Office file properties, (i.e. Author, Last saved by) does not equal the currently displayed Username?
 

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Hello Warship, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)

Yep, it'll use the original name of the account for file properties.

I always recommend that the best way to change the user name of an account would be to create a new account to use with the name instead, and delete the old account. This way the name will be the same everywhere.
 

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Thanks for the welcoming and quick reply.
I've only had this laptop a few months and it's more for convenience than anything else.
I also have an XP, Vista and W7 machines. This is my 1st, maybe last, W8.
MS can be such a PITA!
I'm already certain that this forum, more particularly your posts, will be very helpful.
So here I go... back to square one. At least some of the learning curve is done.
Thanks so much again!
 

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How to remove old account settings and preferences to new

Hello Brink,

I have some questions for you.

1. I use Windows 8.1 as my OS. I asked the shopkeeper to install it on my notebook, unfortunately he typed my name (as original username/administrator account) wrong. I have used this notebook for about two months and just recently wanted to use my correct name in the user folder, so I have added a new account with my correct name. The problem is how to remove all my data, settings, and preferences from my old account to this new account?

2. When I added a new account account by following your instructions in this thread: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5536-user-account-add-new-user-windows-8-a.html , I created a Microsoft account not just a local account as you suggested (the consequence was the name in the folder is my email not my name :mad: ). But I have cancelled the email verification by clicking the cancellation request. Can I still make a Microsoft account with same email address in the future?
 

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Hello Zammiy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The user name for a Microsoft account will be your email address.

Yes, you will be able to create a new Microsoft account using the same email address, but you would first need to remove any other Microsoft account on the computer using that same email address. You won't be able to have two Microsoft accounts using the same email address on the same computer. If needed you could switch your current Microsoft account to local account, then be able to create a new Microsoft account.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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