If you work in a large organization or use a computer that someone else controls, you might end up with a user name that doesn't make much sense to you, that isn't easily recognizable, or that you just don't like. Follow the steps below to create a friendly user name. You'll see the friendly user name displayed on the Welcome screen and on your Start menu.

If you are connected to a domain, Group Policy settings might prevent you from completing these steps.

The steps that you should follow will vary, depending on whether your computer is on a domain or a workgroup. To find out, see "To check if your computer is on a workgroup or domain" in What is the difference between a domain, a workgroup, and a homegroup?

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My computer is in a workgroup

  1. To open User Accounts, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety, click User Accounts, and then click Change your account name. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Type the new name, and then click Change Name.

    Notes

    • You can't change the name of the guest account.

    • A user name cannot be longer than 20 characters, consist entirely of periods or spaces, or contain any of these characters: \ / " [ ] : | < > + = ; , ? * @

My computer is on a domain

  1. To open User Accounts, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Control Panel, click User Accounts, click User Accounts, and then click Manage user accounts. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Click the account that you want to change, and then click Properties.

  3. Type the new name, and then click OK.

    Notes

    • You can't change the name of the guest account.

    • A user name can't be longer than 20 characters, consist entirely of periods or spaces, or contain any of these characters: \ / " [ ] : | < > + = ; , ? * @



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