On Windows 10, there could be a lot of reasons to change an account name. For instance, even though many people are comfortable revealing their names in the Sign-in screen, some users may consider this feature a privacy concern — especially for those using their devices in a public place. You recently changed your name, and you want to display the updated information. Or you’re using a local account, and you want to show your full name, instead of the account name.
Whatever the reason might be, you can change the name that appears in the Sign-in screen as you try to access your Windows 10 account. However, it’s not a straightforward process, depending on whether you’re using a Microsoft account or a local account, you’ll need to use different methods.
How do I Change the Username on my Computer using Control Panel
When you set up a new Windows 10 PC, the part where you choose your username may catch you off guard. If that’s the case, you may choose the first thing that pops into your head or something random and temporary that you intend to change later. But surprisingly enough, changing your account name in Windows 10 isn’t exactly a straightforward process. It can be done, but there are a few important things to consider as you go about it. Read on for the details.
Alternatively, if you’re using a local account, which isn’t linked to a Microsoft account, you’ll need to use Control Panel to change your account name.
Steps to change the username of Windows 10
- Right-click on “Windows icon” and then just click on the “Control panel”.
- You will be able to see the “User Accounts” section and also see the link which is “Change Account Type” so just click on this section.
- Choose the User you would like to change.
- Choose the first option “Change the Account Name”. And enter your desired name.
- Log out/Restart the PC to see the changing.