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How To Change Administrator Name on Windows 10

If you’re the administrator and your login is associated with a Microsoft account, the only way to truly change your name is to update it inside your Microsoft profile. There are a couple of ways to do that. Either you login directly, go to profile, or take a journey from your Windows Operating System.

To Manage your Microsoft account, via your Windows OS — in order to change the Administrator name, follow the five steps along.

Step 1: Go to “Your Account Info” Settings

Search for your account info in the start menu, and open the system settings with the same name.

opening your account info in Windows 10
Opening your account info in Windows 10

Step 2: Click on Manage My Microsoft Account

When the system settings open, click on “Manage my Microsoft account.” At that point, you’ll be prompted to sign in to your account. Enter the required credentials and move on to step 3.

managing my Microsoft account from Windows 10
Managing my Microsoft account from Windows 10.

Step 3: Left Click on Your Existing Name After Logging Into Your Microsoft Account

After you’re logged in, you’ll see your current existing name on the left side, just below the top navigation bar. At your convenience, click on your name (not the profile picture) to proceed to the section where you can finally change your administrator name.

clicking on the profile name within Microsoft account
Click on the profile name, not the profile picture adjacent to it.

Step 4: Select “Edit Name” Option To Submit Your Name Change

At the “Your info” page inside your Microsoft account, select the “Edit name” option from your name + image profile card. Once you do, input the new name, and save your modifications.

selecting edit name to adjust the administrator name from the Microsoft account
Edit your name, as shown here.

Step 5: Restart Your Computer for the New Administrator Name To Take Effect

At last, as it is with many things with Windows OS, restart your computer for your new name to take effect.

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Final Thoughts & Notes

If you’re trying to change an administrator name for a local account (not tied to a Microsoft account), there are multiple options for achieving that. The methodologies could be in the form of — and not limited to are:

  1. Using Computer Management
  2. Using Command Prompt
  3. Utilizing the PowerShell
  4. Going a slightly longer route via Control Panel > Change account type
  5. Via Group Policy
  6. And more

Giving a new administrator name to local accounts can be achieved just as easily as giving one to an account linked to Microsoft. Just conduct a few online searches, and I am confident you’ll effortlessly get your answer.

Obviously, the process varies between the two — but none are time-consuming, complex, or impossible.