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How to Change Your Sign-in Account Name on Windows 7: Step-by-Step Guide

Anyone who wants to use a computer needs to have a user account, and all settings will save in it. Thus, for security, you need to change the sign-in account name. In this article, we are going to tell you how to change sign-in account name on Windows 7. By reading the information below, you can easily change your sign-in account name.

How to Change Username in Windows 7

You can easily change sign in account name on Windows 7 with Control Panel.

  • Go to the Start Menu.
  • Select Control Panel on the right hand side of the menu.

Note: You need administrator right if you want to change a username.

  • In the Control panel, you can configure all important Windows 7 settings. Thus, to change a username, select the link of User Accounts and Family Safety.
  • In the opened window, you can see the setting options for user accounts. Select the link of User Accounts to change the name.
  • Select the link Change Your Account Name.
change your account name in control panel in windows7

Note: If you do not have the essential rights to do this. You should ask the computer administrator, such as the IT department of the company to do it for you.

  • You can change user account name and save changes by selecting on Change Name.
change your account name in windows7

How to Change the User Account Name from User Account Properties in Windows 7

Follow the steps below to change the username of a local account in Windows:

  • Press the Windows + R to open the run command box.
  • Type netplwiz.
  • Press Enter.
  • Highlight the user that you want to rename.
  • Click on properties.
  • Change the current username with a new name.
  • Select Apply.
  • Hit OK.
  • Hit OK again.

How to Change the User Account Name for Microsoft Account in Windows 7

If you need to change your account name online, follow the steps below:

  • Open the Microsoft account page with your Web browser.
  • Sign in to your Microsoft account.
  • Click on Your Info menu on the navigation bar at the top.
  • Select Edit Name link under your account name.
select Edit name in Microsoft account web page
  • Type a new First Name and Last Name.
  • Select Save.
  • The next time you sign in you can see the login changes.

Note: If the new name is not changed, switch your Microsoft account to a local account.

How to Change the User Account Name with Local Users and Groups Snap-in?

  • Press Windows + R to open the Local User and Group Snap-in.
  • Type lusrmgr.msc.
  • Press Enter.
  • Expand Local User and Group.
  • Click on Users in the left pane.
  • Right-click on the local account that you want to change the username.
  • Select Rename from the popup menu.
  • Enter the username that you want.
  • Press Enter.

How to Change the User Account Name from Command Prompt?

  • Open the Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Type the following command prompt to change your Windows username:

wmic useraccount where name=”Current Name” rename “New Name”

  • Hit Enter.

For example, when the username is “pcunlocker” and you want to rename it to “tom”, run the command below:

wmic useraccount where name=”pcunlocker” rename “tom”

  • When you finish, reboot your Windows.
  • Log in with the new username and old password.

How to Change the User Account Name from Windows PowerShell?

  • Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator.
  • Perform the command below:

Rename-LocalUser -Name “Current Name” -NewName “New Name”

  • Close the PowerShell Console.
  • Reboot your system to apply changes.


There are some ways to change the sign-in account name on Windows 7. Here, we presented the ways to change the sign-in account name in Windows 7. If you want to change the account name, which method will you choose? Do you know any other method? Share your ideas with us.

Reyhane A

Reyhane is an author and technology enthusiast who has a passion for writing about Windows tips and tricks. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Reyhane always had an interest in technology, which led her to pursue a degree in computer engineering from the University of Tehran. After completing her studies, Reyhane began working as a software engineer, where she gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of technology. She soon discovered her love for writing, and began sharing her knowledge with others through her blog. Reyhane's blog quickly gained popularity, and she became known as an expert in the field of Windows tips and tricks. Her articles are known for being clear, concise, and easy to understand, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of technical expertise. Today, Reyhane continues to share her knowledge with the world through her blog and YouTube channel, where she provides tips and tricks for Windows users to help them optimize their computer's performance and get the most out of their technology. In addition to her passion for technology, Reyhane enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid reader and is always on the lookout for new books to add to her collection. Reyhane's dedication to her work and her love for technology have made her a respected figure in the industry, and she continues to inspire and educate others through her writing and online content.

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