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How to Change Sign-in Account Name on Windows 11?

In some situations, the account name is spelled wrong, or you may want to make your sign-in account name more private. Windows 11 lets you update the account name. Here is a guide for you to know how to change your sign-in account name on Windows 11. Below we presented some easy methods to change the Windows 11 account name without any problem.

How to Change the Local Account Username with Control Panel?

  1. Go to the Start Menu.
  2. Type Control Panel and enter the Control Panel.
  3. Select User Accounts.
  4. Hit Change Account Type.
  • In the section of Choose the User you would like to Change, select Account that you want to change the username.
  • Select Change the Account Name.
  • Input the new name.
  • Select Change Name.

Note: If there is no option for changing the username, it may be because of selected a Microsoft account that you need to change it online.

How to Change the Account Name on Windows 11 via Setting?

  1. Go to the Start Menu.
  2. Select Settings or press Windows key + I to open the Settings directly.
  • Select Accounts from the left column.
  • Select Your Info from the list on the right.
  • In the pop-up window, select the Accounts.
  • After opening the Microsoft Account page, sign in if prompted.
  • Hit your profile picture at the top.
  • It will take you to the Your Info section.
  • Select Edit Name link in the lower-right corner.
  1. Enter the first and last name.
  2. Type the Captcha.
  3. Hit Save.
  4. Restart your system to see the account name change.

How to Change the Account Name on Windows 11 via Netplwiz?

  1. Go to the Start Menu.
  2. Search netplwiz.
  3. Click on the top result to open the legacy account manager tool.
  4. Select the User tab.
  5. Select the account to update.
  6. Select the Properties.
  • Optional: Change the Username information to change the account nickname.
  • Confirm the new account name in the Full Name section. For example, “John Smith”.

Note: If you want to input you nickname, do not write anything the section of the Full Name.

  • Select Apply.
  • Hit OK.
  • Hit OK again.
  • You can see the changes now.

How to Change the Account Name on Windows 11 via Computer Management?

  1. Go to the Start.
  2. Search Computer Management.
  3. Select the top result to open the app.
  4. Double click to expand the System Tools.
  5. Double click on the Local Users and Groups.
  6. Select Users.
  7. Right-click on the account.
  8. Choose the Properties option.

Note: You can select the Rename to change the profile nickname.

  • Hit the General tab.
  • Confirm a new name for the account in the Full Name field.
  1. Click on Apply.
  2. Hit OK.
  3. Now, you can see the new local name on the Sign in screen.

How to Change the Account Name on Windows 11 Using Command Prompt?

You can change Windows 11 username of a local account with command prompt. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Windows search bar.
  2. Search cmd or Command Prompt.
  3. Select Run as Administrator on the right pane.

Note: The command prompt will not work unless it will be as Run as Administrator.

  • Click Yes to continue if the Windows asks for permission.

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  • Type the following command in the command prompt to list all the local user account names such as default accounts:

wmic useraccount get fullname, name

  • To change the user account name, run the following command:

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

Note: Replace the Current User Name with the name of the account you want to change, and replace the New User Name with the username you want to give. Be careful that you put the usernames in double quotations.

For Example:

wmic useraccount where name=”pcclues1″ rename “pcclues”

  • Restart your system to apply changes.

How to Change the Account Name on Windows 11 Using PowerShell?

This option is preferred by power users. PowerShell is more powerful that Command Prompt. Follow the steps below if you want to change username with PowerShell:

  1. Go to the Search bar.
  2. Search for PowerShell.
  3. Under Windows PowerShell on the right pane, search for PowerShell.
  • Type the following command to list all local user account names on your system:


  • Note the username you want to change.
  • Now to change the account name, give the following command:

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

Note: Replace Current Username and New Username.

For Example:

Rename-LocalUser -Name “Agent 48” -NewName “Hitman”

  • Now if you try the first command, you will understand the username is changed.
  • Restart your system to apply the changes.

How to Change the Built-in Administrator Account Name with Local Security Policy?

After installation of the Windows, some hidden accounts are made by the Windows for the security and backup aims. The first account created during the installation of operating system is hidden Administrator account which is a setup and disaster recovery account.

Follow the steps below to change the name of the Administrator account with Local Security Policy:

  1. Go to the Search section of Windows 11.
  2. Search for Local Security Policy.

Note: You can also enter secpol.msc in the Run command and open it.

  • Navigate to Local Policies in the Local Security Policy.
  • Select Security Options.
  • Right-click on the Accounts in the right-side pane.
  • Rename Administrator account.
  • Click on Properties.
  • You can change the default Administrator account name to any other name you like.
  • Select Apply.
  • Hit OK.


Changing the sign-in account name on Windows 11 is one of the issues that Windows 11 users like to know about because of the security of their Windows or because of a typo that might happen in entering the sign-in name. In this article, we fully explained the methods to change the account name. Which method above will you use if you face a problem like this? Do you know any other method? Share your ideas with us in the comment section.

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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