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How To Change Account Username on Windows 11

There are a wide variety of reasons why you may want to change your account name in Windows 11. You might want to change your name as you have entered it incorrectly during the Windows onboarding or you want to assign your nickname instead of your actual name.

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We will be covering the following ways to change account username in Windows 11:

Step #1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu and click the “User Accounts” option.

select the user accounts option
“User Accounts” option

Step #2: Select the “Change account type” option.

click the change account type option
Change Account Type

Step #3: Select the Account for which you want to change the name.

select the account for which you want to change the account name
Desired Account

Step #4: Click the “Change the account name” option.

Step #5: Enter the new username and click the “Change Name” option.

Step #1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or by pressing the “Windows Key + I” Key Combination.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the “Accounts” option from the Left Sidebar and click the “Your Info” option.

select the info option in the accounts section
“Your Info” option

Step #3: Click the “Accounts” option under the related settings section and you’ll be redirected to Microsoft’s official website.

select the accounts option under the related settings
Accounts option

Step #4: Log in to your Microsoft account and click the “Your Info” option on the navigation bar.

click the "Your Info" option in the Microsoft account
“Your Info” option in Microsoft Account

Step #5: Click the “Edit Name” button.

click the "Edit Name" button
“Edit Name” button

Step #6: Enter the new sign-in name and hit the save button.

enter the new sign in name
New Sign-In Name

Step #1: Type and open the Computer Management from the Start menu.

computer management app icon
Computer Management App Icon

Step #2: Expand the “Local Users and Groups” option on the left sidebar, and click the “Users” option.

click the users option in the local users and groups
Users option

Step #3: Double-click your current device name and enter the new name that you want to assign.

enter the new sign in name
Add New Sign-In Name

Note: Until now, we’ve simply changed the username, but, using this method, we’ll be reflecting the changes to the folder level. Also, this method involves the modification of registry keys, so it’s highly recommended to backup registry completely to recover it. in case of accidental misconfiguration.

Step #1: Open the command prompt from the Start menu and run it as an administrator.

command prompt icon in windows 11
Command Prompt (CMD) Icon

Step #2: Type the command: net user Administrator /active:yes to create a new administrator account.

create new administrator account in windows
Create New Admin Account

Step #3: Sign out of your current user account and login into the new Administrator account.

Step #4: Open the command prompt and type the command: wmic useraccount and copy the “SID” value (Security Identifier Value).

user account SID value in windows
Note the SID Value

Step #5: Now, open the Registry Editor from the Start menu or type “regedit” (without quotation marks) in the Windows Run.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step #6: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and select your device’s SID value. Double-click the “ProfileImagePath” option and change the old name in the Value data field to the new one.

profile image path configuration in windows
Profile Image Path Configuration

Step #7: Press the “Windows Key + R” key combination to open the Windows Run and type: control userpasswords2, or, netplwiz and press the enter key.

type command netplwiz and press the enter key
Command: netplwiz

Step #8: The user accounts properties panel appears in a pop-up. Double-click the current username to its properties.

user accounts settings
User Accounts Settings

Step #9: Rename the username and full name of the device and press the “Apply” button.

change the username and full name of account
New Username and Full Name

Step #10: Sign out of the administrative account and open the Command Prompt and type the command: net user Administrator /active:no to remove the administrator account.

remove the administrator account in windows
Remove Administrator Account

Step #11: Restart your computer to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Next Steps

We’ve covered how to change the sign-in account name in Windows. You can use any of the uplisted methods and then follow how to rename the sub-folders method mentioned at the end.

Remember to follow the last method explaining how to rename the sub-folder otherwise the changed sign-in name will not be reflected on the folder level.

Further, configure your computer by following the related articles below.

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