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How to Change Your Account Name on Windows 11

Changing your account name on Windows 11 is more involved than you’d think. But we have three different ways you can do it.

When you start setting up a new Windows 11 machine or do a clean install, you might choose a username you’ll want to change later. Changing usernames is also common when you buy a pre-built system from a retail store or 3rd party. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t made the process of changing the account name as straightforward as you’d expect. Whatever the reason for the name change, there are a few different ways to do it. Here’s a look at three different ways to do it on Windows 11.

Change Your Account Name on Windows 11 from Settings

To use the Settings app, click Start > Settings, or alternately, use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open Settings directly.

tart Settings Windows 11

Once Settings opens, click on Accounts from the left column and click Your Info from the list on the right.

accounts settings windows 11

On the following screen, click on the Accounts button.

manage my accounts windows 11

That will open to your Microsoft Account page. Sign in if prompted and click on your profile picture at the top.

That will take you to the “Your Info” section. From there, click on the Edit Name link in the lower-right corner.

Edit Name Microsoft account

Now, enter in a new first and last name. Type in the Captcha that’s required and click the Save button. Restart your PC, and you should see the account name change.

enter new microsoft account name

Change Account Name on Windows 11 from Control Panel

The classic Control Panel that you’re used to from previous versions of Windows is still in Windows 11. And you can use it to change your account name. To open it, hit the Windows key on your keyboard, type: control panel, select the top result, or hit Enter.

control panel windows 11

When the Control Panel opens, click on User Accounts.

control panel user accounts

Now, click Manage Another Account and select the account from the list of user accounts you’ve added that you want to edit.

Choose account to change

Next, click the “Change the account name” link.

change account name control panel

Type in the name you want to use for the account in the “Name” field and click the Change Name button.

rename account

Use Advanced Control Panel to Rename User Accounts

Finally, you can use advanced Control Panel options to rename user accounts. Hit the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog and type: netplwiz and click OK or hit Enter.

netplwiz

Next, select the account you want to modify and click the Properties button.

user accounts windows 11

Under the “General” tab, type in what you want the name to be in the “User Name” field. Click Apply then OK twice for the changes to go into effect.

user name netplwiz windows 11

That’s all there is to it. Whichever method you use to change an account name will vary depending on how you want to do it. But you’ll achieve the same results no matter which steps you use. As with all versions of Windows, there’s always more than one way to do a singular task.

If you’re not running Windows 11 yet, read our article on changing your account name on Windows 10.

And for more on the new OS, take a look at how to rename your Windows 11 PC. If you want to add additional users to your Windows 11 PC, read our article on creating a local user account. Or for more on new features, check out how to use the improved virtual desktops feature.

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