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How to Change Account/User Name on Windows 8

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    Windows 8

    How to Change Account/User Name on Windows 8


    Just got a new laptop with windows 8, not familiar at all with the OS, but accidentally misspelled the account name. Obviously, this has little impact on functionality, but I would like to change the name so any files I have from my other computer get put in the proper location without having to correct the username typo when switching back and forth. Basically, how can I go about changing the account name on my computer. There are no other users, I just set it up today. Thanks inadvance.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello theIrishBAMF, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you would like to only change the display name of your account, then you could use an option in the tutorial below depending on if it's a local or Microsoft account.
    If you wanted to change the name of your user profile folder (C:\User\(user-name), then The best way would be to create a new account with the name you wanted instead, and just delete the old account when finished. If this is a Microsoft account, then you would need to switch it to a local account before creating a new account since you will not be able to have two Microsoft accounts on the computer using the same email address.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8.1


    Hi Brink,

    I signed up to the forum to give you thanks and to say that works!


    I actually did it off of the version you did for Windows 7, but it worked for 8, so big thank you!
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm glad it was able to Dhira, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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