How to Change the User Account Name in Window 8 and Windows 8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - August 28, 2014

A user account’s name is the name that displays on the Welcome (sign in/log on) and Start screens in Windows 8. We can have Microsoft account and local account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. In some cases, we may like to change the displayed name after some while. This post will provide step-by-step guide to modify the user account name in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Keep reading.
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Change the User Name of Signed in Local Account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Change the User Name of Another Local Account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Change the User Name of the Microsoft Account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Change the User Name of any Account through Local Users and Groups in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Change the User Name of Signed in Local Account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Step one- Open Control Panel. And click User Accounts icon under Large icon view.
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Step two- Click Change your account name link.
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Step three- Click Yes if prompted by User Account Control settings.
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Step four- Type in the new user name you want, and click on Change Name.
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When finished, you’ll see a new name displayed in your user account. You can now close the User Accounts window if you like.

Change the User Name of Another Local Account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Note: Do sign into an account who is the administrator to make changes to account name. And a standard local account will not be able to change their own user name.

Step one- Open Control Panel. And click User Accounts icon.
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Step two- Click Manage another account link.
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Step three- If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.
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Step four- Click on the account you would like to change the name of.
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Step five- Click on the Change the account name link.
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Step six- Type in the new user name you want, and click on Change Name.
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That’s it! You will see the displayed name is changed. Then you can close the User Accounts window.

Change the User Name of the Microsoft Account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Note: Whether your Microsoft account is a “Standard” or “Administrator” one, you can log in to do this option.
Step one- Hit Windows key and C, and then click Settings. And select Change PC Settings.
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Step two- Get to your account settings.
In Windows 8
Click Users in the left side
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In Windows 8.1
Click Accounts on the left side. Then click Your account.
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Step three- Click More account settings online link under the displayed user name.
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Step four- There’ll be a pop-up page in your default web browser. Click Edit display name link under Account summary.
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Step five- Type in a first name and last name that you want to display as your Microsoft account name, and click on the Save button.
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When all is done, you can close the web browser. And you’ll be able to use the new user name to switch to a local account.

Change the User Name of any Account through Local Users and Groups in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Note: To do this option, you need to sign in the computer in an administrator account.
Step one- Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc, and press Enter. (If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.)
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Step two- Click Users in the left pane. And double-click on the name of the user account that you want to change the display name of.
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Step three- In the General tab, type in the new user name/display name under Full name dialog. And click OK.
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Well now, you’ll have new display name for your user account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Note:  Changing the user name of your local or Microsoft account only changes the display name in Welcome, sign in, log on and Start screen. This will not change the display name in its C:\Users\(user name) folder. And if you want to change the display name in C folder, you had better create a new user account. Any question or advice is welcome to leave as a comment below.




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