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Change user name on Account?

  1. #1


    Louisiana
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Change user name on Account?


    I prefer to use an account linked to my Microsoft Account for various reasons, but I hate that it displays my full name on the login screen, on the Start Menu, ect.

    Is there any way to edit the user text so it shows something different?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Try this,,, goto Charms bar settings
    Change PC Settings at the bottom
    click on More Settings on line and you can change the name there.
    This will affect your email account as well
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    I think kfarris is referring to changing only the user displayed their start screen and other windows areas, not the e-mail address itself. I too would like to change this. I don't like the thought of someone being able to open my laptop to find my e-mail address being displayed for them. I see this as a personal security risk because malware can easily be transferred via e-mail.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello,

    OPTION ONE in the tutorial below can help show you how to change the name of your Microsoft account to what you like so that it doesn't show the email address.

    User Account Name - Change in Windows 8


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Had same issue with new computer bought Friday - but just let Windows update and after the auto restart my name on the Start screen is now my "real" name that I have with my Microsoft account -- not my email address!!! Yipppeeee!!! Apparently you can now set your screen name online via your account profile with Microsoft.
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    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, that's how you do it in OPTION ONE in the tutorial above.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Exactly Brink!! BUT, I had tried "option one" prior to the update without success -- but after the update it stuck!!
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Not sure why it didn't before, but I'm glad it did for you now.
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