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How to change your Windows 10 username

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How to change your Windows 10 username: After creating a user account on your PC with Windows 10, did you realize you were wrong to type the name and would you like to know if there is a way to remedy it, therefore going to modify it? The answer is yes and, if you want, I can explain to you how to do it. Do you want? Yup? Great. I therefore suggest not to delay any further and to immediately take action.

In the following lines you will find explained how to change your username on Windows 10 in detail, both for Microsoft accounts and for local accounts. For completeness of information, then, I will illustrate how to change your username by changing the account in use, logging in with another Microsoft account, converting the Microsoft account to a local account or vice versa. In all cases, don’t worry, you won’t have to do anything particularly complex or otherwise out of your reach.

So, can I know what are you still doing impaled there? Position yourself comfortably in front of your computer and immediately begin to focus on reading the instructions below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that, even, you will also be ready to provide useful information about all your friends interesting on the same topic. Let it bet?

Preliminary information

Photo of a laptop with Windows 10

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial by going, therefore, to provide all the appropriate information on the how to change your username on Windows 10, it seems necessary to make some clarifications.

First, a distinction needs to be made between Microsoft account is local account. In fact, you should know that, starting from Windows 8.1, Microsoft allows its users to synchronize the data and settings of the PC using a Microsoft account. The account in question can also be used to create a user on the computer and to access it.

L’local accounton the other hand, it does not offer the possibility of synchronizing PC data and settings, as information is always stored locally, in fact, without sending anything to Microsoft servers. The behavior of a local account in Windows 10 is, therefore, practically the same as that of the accounts that it was possible to create on older versions of the Microsoft home operating system, as in the case of Windows 7, Vista or XP.

That said, both in case a Microsoft account is used and in case a local account is used, the first name associated with it is always and in any case modifiable, although in different ways. In the first case it is necessary to intervene via the Web, while in the second it is necessary to act using the PC commands.

Note, then, that the change in question allows you to change the name displayed in the boot screen Windows, in the Start menu and in any other area of ​​the operating system. Proceeding in this way, it is good to specify it, the name of the user folder.

How to change your Microsoft Windows 10 account username

Microsoft account username

Without the due clarifications above, we come to the real core of the matter. If you use a Microsoft account and you are interested in how to change the username on Windows 10, first click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar, to press the button Settings (the one with the gear wheel) present in the menu that opened and to click on the item Account, in the window that appears on the desktop.

At this point, make sure that the item is selected in the left sidebar Your info (otherwise you do), then click on the link Manage my Microsoft account present on the right.

On the browser page that opens, click on the menu Other actions located at the top left and select the option Edit your profile from the menu that appears. Then click on the link Change the name present under the name currently in use, fill in the field First name and / or that Surname with the new information, type i characters displayed in the image below in the dedicated field and press the button Save. Done!

Once the changes are applied, restart your PC by clicking on the Start buttonby pressing the button stops (the one with the symbol Power) present in the menu that opens and selecting the item Restart. The next time you log in to the system, your account username will be changed.

How to change your local Windows 10 account username

Now let’s see how to change the username on Windows 10 when a local account. In this case, the thing is feasible in two different ways: acting from Control panel Windows or by using the Command prompt. You will find everything explained in detail below.

Control panel

Windows 10 user account

If you want to change the username of your local account on Windows 10, the first step you need to do is click on button Start (the one with the Windows flag) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar, to type “Control panel” in the search field displayed and select the relevant result from those listed.

In the window that appears on the desktop, click on the item User account (if you’re using visualization by category in the Control Panel you have to click on it twice in succession), select the wording Change account name, fill in the field New account name with the new name you intend to use and click on the button Change name, to make changes take effect. That’s all!

Command prompt

Windows 10 command prompt

As anticipated, in the case of local accounts, it is possible to change the username on Windows 10 also going to act from Command prompt. So, to do this, first start the Prompt by clicking on Start button (the one with the Windows flag) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar and typing “Cmd” in the search field displayed.

Afterwards, right click on the item Command prompt in the list of search results, select the item Run as administrator from the menu that opens and click on the button Yup, in the window that appears on the desktop, to run the program as an administrator.

Once the Command Prompt screen appears, enter the command wmic useraccount where name='vecchio_nome' rename nuovo_nome within the latter, taking care to replace a vecchio_nome the name currently assigned to the account and a nuovo_nome the new username you want to use. Next, hit the button Submit on the computer keyboard to have the changes made.

How to change Windows 10 username by changing account

Another way to change the username used on Windows 10 is to change the account used. To be precise, I refer to the possibility of changing the existing Microsoft account with another Microsoft account or with a local account and that of convert the local account in a Microsoft account (and vice versa). For more details, read on.

Change your Microsoft account

Windows 10 user account

To change your username by going to change the Microsoft account currently in use on your PC with another Microsoft account or with a local account, all you have to do is click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar, select the icon of Settings (the one with the wheel of gear) from the menu that opens and click on the item Account, in the pop-up window on the desktop.

Next, click on the option Sign in with a local account located immediately below your profile photo, type in the password of the Microsoft account currently in use, click the button Forward, set the username and password to use for your local account (which you will only use temporarily if you want to use a new Microsoft account) and click on the buttons Forward is Disconnect and close.

At this point, if it was your intention to change the Microsoft account to a local account, you do not have to do anything except log in to the system using the combination of username and password you have just chosen and start using the PC again.

If, however, it was your intention to change the Microsoft account previously used with another, log in to the new local account created, then go back to the Start menu> Settings> Accounts and click on the wording Log in with a Microsof accountt which is located immediately above your profile photo.

In the window that opens, type the access data of the Microsoft account you want to associate with the computer and click on the button Log in. Next, enter the password of the local account that you were using temporarily, go ahead, choose whether to set a PIN to quickly access Windows (without having to enter the password for the Microsoft account) and it is done. For further information, I refer you to reading my guide on how to change Microsoft account.

Convert the local account to a Microsoft account

Windows 10 user account

As I said, you can also change your name on Windows 10 by going to convert the local account to a Microsoft account. To do this, follow these steps: click on Start button (the one with the Windows flag) located in the bottom left part of the taskbar, select the icon of Settings (the one with the wheel of gear) from the menu that opens and click on the item Account, in the pop-up window on the desktop.

At this point, select the item Sign in with a Microsoft account, enter the data relating to the Microsoft account you want to use in the fields on the screen and log in. Done!

If you do not yet have a Microsoft account, you can create one directly from the window displayed by clicking on the item Do not have an account? Click here to create one and then following the instructions provided on the screen. Even in this case, for any further information, I suggest you read my article on how to change Microsoft account.