Change User Name of Local Account in Windows

There may be different reasons for changing a local user account name in Windows.

For example, you may want to change the name on the sign-in screen to your actual name instead of the nickname or vice versa.

This short note describes the easiest way of changing a user name of the local account in Windows.

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Change User Name of Local Account

Press ⊞ Win + R to start the “Run” dialog, type in the netplwiz command, and click “OK”:

Select the user account for which you want to change the user name and click on the “Properties” button:

Change the user name and click “OK”:

If you have changed the user name of the current account, press Ctrl + Alt + Del and choose the option to “Log off”.

The new user name on the sign-in screen means that it has successfully been changed.

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