In this tutorial, I'll show you how to change your User Name, also known as the User Folder Name, and Account Name on Windows 11 without being too wordy or going into unnecessary details. 😊 🤞
However, if you're looking to rename your PC, in other words changing your PC's hostname instead of changing your User Name or Account Name, you need to follow the tutorial in this link.
Account Name and User Name are different things. While Account Name means your full name appearing when Windows 11 starts or at the bottom of Start Menu, User Name or nickname is your User Folder Name under C:\Users directory.
For example, as you can see below, while my account name is "Muhammed Cetin", my user name is just "muham".
If you're ready, let's start to change account and user (folder) names.
Both Account Name and User Name are changed in the same window. However, to change User Name (user folder name), also need to change ProfileImagePath registry key.
Thus, if you want to change only Account Name, in addition to the common steps below, you just need to follow the 4 steps under the Changing Account (Full) Name title. However, if you want to change only User Name, follow the 25 steps under the Changing User (Folder) Name title after performing the common steps. To change both of them, follow all steps respectively.
Changing Account Name and User Name share the first three steps:
You'll see the users in your PC in the Users for this computer list. Select yours, then click
Propertiesbutton. If the button were disabled, Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer option were unchecked. Check it. Then, click
To change only Full name (Account Name), change it on this window, then click
You'll see your Account Name has been changed. 👏
Type whatever you want as User Name. Click
Because User Name and User Folder Name are the same things, we also need to change User Folder Name to inform our programs where their user data is stored. We'll perform these steps on Windows Registry, also known as Regedit. To do that, we need the built-in administrator account of Windows 11.
In Windows 11, the built-in administrator account is disabled as default. So, if you've not enabled it before, you need to do that now.
Close the previous window that I've mentioned in the 6th step.
Now, your built-in administrator account is enabled.
Open Start Menu and right-click on your Account Name at the bottom. Then click on
Administratorto switch the signed-in account. If you've not signed in to the administrator account before, Windows 11 will prepare it from scratch for you. This preparation doesn't affect your main account. Please wait.
Now, you're in the built-in administrator account. We'll change your main account's username (in my case, it is muham as I said before) completely here.
Before start, you need to log off from the main account. To do that, press
Ron the keyboard, and type
cmd, then press
Enter. This command allows you to open Windows Command Line. Since we've already signed in with the built-in Administrator account, you don't need to open it as an Administrator.
On Registry Editor, there is an address bar like the one in File Explorer; click on and paste
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileListaddress there. Then press
Enterand go to ProfileList folder directly.
Close all active windows and restart your PC.
After restarting, your PC might automatically sign in to the built-in Administrator account because it was the last signed-in user.
To sign in to your main account, open Start Menu and right-click on the Administrator account, then click on your main account name as we've performed before.
That's all! ✌️
Your Account Name, User Name and User Folder Name have been changed successfully. Since some of your apps might look for their user data in the old User Folder path, you might encounter some errors. However, most apps and programs will recognize the new path for user data automatically.
Finally, please feel free to ask for help using the discussion form below if you run into a problem. I'm here for you. 💗