How Do I Change the User Name on My Laptop?

By Peyton Brookes

Your computer allows separate accounts for several users. This requires each user to create a user name linked to his or her specific account. The feature provides benefits in several areas including security, computer customization and parental controls. Changing your user name in a Windows environment is a simple task.

Start Menu Style in Category View

Step 1

Click "Start" on the taskbar. Click "Control Panel" and select "User Accounts."

Step 2

Click "Change an Account" in the "User Accounts" window.

Step 3

Click your account in the "User Accounts" window. Click "Change My Name."

Step 4

Type the name you would like to use in the "Type a new name for YOUR NAME" box. Click the "Change Name" button to save your changes.

Classic Start Menu Style in Classic View

Step 1

Click "Start" on the taskbar. Point to "Settings" and then click "Control Panel." Double click "User Accounts."

Step 2

Click "Change an Account" in the "User Accounts" window.

Step 3

Click your account in the "User Accounts" window. Click "Change My Name."

Step 4

Type the name you would like to use in the "Type a new name for YOUR NAME" box. Click the "Change Name" button to save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider creating a new account. Windows does not transfer files from your old folders to your changed name account.