While installing Windows 10, you are prompted to create a username for your account. Once you create a user name, it will be used for your user account. When you want to change the username, most create a new user account and delete the old user account. The thing is, there is no need to do it that way just to rename the Windows username. Windows has built-in options to rename a user account. If you ever need, follow the below steps to rename user account in Windows.
Note: The below methods and steps will work on older versions like Windows 7 and Windows 8 too.
Caution: Before making any changes, create a system restore point just to be safe.
Steps to Rename User Account from Control Panel
Though Windows 10 is slowly migrating towards the settings app, many things are still needed to be done via the good old Control Panel. One such thing is renaming the user account.
- Open the start menu.
- Search for "Control Panel" and open it.
- In the Control Panel, set "View by" as "Category" and click on the "User Accounts" link.
- Now, click on the user account you want to change the name of.
- In this page, click on the "Change the account name" link.
- Now, enter a new user account name in the blank field and click on the "Change Name" button.
- To make the changes take effect, you need to reboot Windows. So, right-click on the start menu and select "Shut down or sign out -> Restart" option.
- After restarting, you will see the new user name in all places including on the lock screen.
(Alternative Method) Use lusrmgr.msc to Rename Windows User Account
If the above did not work or if you are looking for an alternative method to rename Windows user account then you can use the Local Users and Groups manager a.k.a lusrmgr.msc tool. The good thing is, compared to the control panel, this method is pretty straightforward and takes fewer steps.
- Open the Run dialog box by pressing the keyboard shortcut Win + R.
- In the blank field, type
lusrmgr.mscand click on the "Ok" button.
- The above action will open the Local Users and Group manager. Go to the "Users" folder and find your user account.
- Right-click on your user account and select "Rename".
- Type the new user name and press Enter.
- Close lusrmgr.msc tool.
- Reboot Windows to make changes take effect.
- Once you reboot, you will see the new user name everywhere including on the lock screen and in the start menu.
That is it. As you can see, it is nothing hard to rename user account in Windows 10. Keep in mind that even though you've changed the user name, the user profile folder still has the old name. For instance, I've changed my user name from WindowsLoop to WindowsLoopCOM. However, the user profile folder in
C:\Users still has the old name. i.e, WindowsLoop. To change that, follow this guide on how to change the user folder name in Windows 10. Since you've already changed the user name, you can ignore the second section of that guide.