How to Change a Windows User Profile Name

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Making your Windows username distinct makes sense if multiple users access a single computer. While Windows 7 maintains the convention that user accounts are bound only to local computers, Windows 8 changes things up by tying your username to your Microsoft online account. Changing your username is a very different process between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Windows 8

  • Your Windows 8 account name is tied to your Microsoft account, accessed on the Microsoft Account Summary Web page (link in Resources). Sign in, then click "Edit name" under your name on the Overview page. Enter the first and last names you want to use and select "Save" to change the name. You may need to sign out of Windows and sign back in to change your name on the Start screen, as it may not update right away.

Windows 7

  • To change usernames in Windows 7, you need administrator privileges or be using an administrator account. Click the Start button, followed by "Control Panel" and "User Accounts and Family Safety." From here, click "Change your account name" and enter the new name in the field if your account has administrator privileges. If you are signed in as an administrator and are changing another user's name, click instead "Manage another account," select the desired account, and click "Change the account name."

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