Changing User Names in Windows

Changing usernames in Windows OS is a pretty easy process, however there are few things you should know beforehand. If you want to change an existing username or create new ones, there are few extra steps to follow. Using the "Change Name" function in Windows only performs half of the task. This guide will help you properly change your username or create a new one.
The Problem

Sometimes you will receive your brand new system configured with a username you may want to change. Or you may have been using a certain username already and you just wish to change that for whatever reason. Maybe you received a computer from another person, and you wish to change the username from theirs to yours.

In either case, what you need to know about Windows user system is that, although it offers a function to change the username, it doesn't actually change folders associated with the user. If you change the username using that function in Windows, it will only be a cosmetic change. This means that only the appearance of the account name as you login will change, but the actual folders and everything else will remain the same.

Having said that, you can approach this in 2 ways:

- Create a new username and delete old one

- Migrate current username into a new username

Creating a new username

Creating a username in Windows 7 is realtively simple. If you do not wish to rename or migrate the current username, but rather delete it and create your own, there are a few things that you have to keep in mind.

First, in order to delete other accounts, you must be logged in as administrator. If your system is configured with an administrator account, you can use that account to delete and create new accounts. If it isn't, make sure that the new account you create has those privileges. Or, if you would rather have your account be standard as well, you may wish to create an administrator account first, make the changes, and then create another account which you will use as standard. For safety reasons, it is recommended to have a separate standard account for general system use, rather than always running a single administrator account.

Migrating a username

If you wish to keep the current files and settings, you may want to copy one account into another. In order to do this, it will have to be done using a third party administrative account that is not tied to either the account that you're copying from, or the account your copying to. If your system only has one account, you will need to create 2 more accounts. One administrative, and one for your personal use. Make sure you log into both new accounts so the files/settings creation takes place. After you've done that, log into the third party administrative account and go to the following location:

Control Panel >> System >> Advanced >> User Profiles >> Settings

In here you will see an option to copy the accounts. Use the browse button to navigate to correct account.

*Disclaimer: AVADirect and its Staff are not responsible for any damage to software/hardware, loss of data or personal injury by following our How-To guides. These guides are provided only as an aid to help you troubleshoot system problems. If you do not feel comfortable performing these steps its always best to send in your system to a local repair shop or contact an appropriate technical support line for additional assistance.