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How to Rename a Windows 10 Local User Account

There might come a time when you want to rename a user with a local account on your shared Windows 10 PC. We recently showed you how to create a local user account in Windows 10, and here’s a look at how you can rename it.

Note that you will need to have an administrator account on the PC.

Change Windows 10 User Account Name

In the search box type: user accounts and hit Enter or select the User Accounts option from the results at the tops of the list.

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That opens up the User Accounts section in the classic Control Panel and from there select Manage another account.

2 Manage Another Account Windows 10

Next select the user account you want to rename.

3 Select User account

In the next section, you have various options you can use to manage the account. In this case you want to select the first option — Change the account name.

4 Change account name

Now put in the new name you want to give the account and then click the Change Name button.

5 Change Name

That’s all there is to it! The account has been renamed and you’ll see that reflected in the Manage other accounts section as well as the login screen.

6 Changed

While Microsoft is starting to get away from Control panel and move a lot of the PC configuration to the new Settings app. Control Panel is still there for now. That might change over time as Windows 10 matures. If that happens, we’ll definitely update this process.

If you recently upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10 and are new to the OS and want to learn more about using it, make sure to check out our complete archive of Windows 10 articles.

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5 Responses to How to Rename a Windows 10 Local User Account

  1. Sankar October 9, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    Hi, is it possible to keep Computer name and local user name are same in Windows 10.

  2. Loren November 28, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    This still doesn’t change the underlying user name in Windows 10. For example, if you then want to create a new local account named “Sarah”, Windows 10 won’t allow it because there is still a user with that name. I looked into using net user in a Cmd prompt, but there is no rename option. Any ideas for how to get around this?

    • Haik January 10, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      @Loren – Yup. Not only that but you can’t use your new username when sharing directories, it still uses the old one.

      I can understand Windows wanting to keep the underlying directory and registry paths working, but think it should add an alias to the new name for Sharing Permissions purposes.

  3. Haik January 10, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    A good way of showing how skin deep this change is, is to change a username to “Harold”, and then create another username called Harold. Windows lets you do this without problem, as the first change didn’t really change anything.

  4. RAHUL HUKKERI June 11, 2016 at 4:47 am #

    This works thanks……

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