Windows 10 users know their name will show up on the login screen. For many people this is a privacy issue especially when you regularly use your computer in a public environment. Unfortunately Windows doesn’t allow you to give your username or alias while keeping your real name in your Microsoft account, so you’ll need an alternative.
The method used depends on whether you use a Windows account or a local account to log into the computer.
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Rename login on Windows 10 with Microsoft account
The only way to change the login if using a Microsoft account is to change the name on the account itself.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2 : Click on Accounts .
Step 3 : Select Your info .
Step 4: Click Manage my Microsoft Account .
Step 5: Wait for the account page to load in the browser.
Step 6 : Below your name, click More Actions .
Step 7 : Select Edit profile .
Step 8 : When the page loads, click on Edit name .
You should replace the name with something similar to your current one without giving your full identity. Note, changing your name here will affect your profile in all Microsoft services.
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How to change username on Windows 10 using local account
If you have an account on your computer, the process is much easier.
Step 1 : Open Control Panel.
Step 2 : Go to User Accounts .
Step 3 : Click on the local account you want to edit.
Step 4 : Click on Change the account name .
Step 5 : Enter a new name.
Step 6 : Click on Change Name .
Rename your account using netplwiz
You can also use the old account manager tool to change the account name on Windows 10. Steps are as follows:
Step 1 : Open Start
Step 2 : Type netplwiz and press Enter to open the account management tool
Step 3 : Click the Users tab
Step 4 : Select the account you want to rename
Step 5 : Click the Properties button
Step 6 : (Optional) Update the “ User name ” field to change your account’s alias
Step 7 : Confirm the new name in the “ Full Name ” field, for example: DVK-Make-tech. Tip : If you want to display aliases instead of real names, you can leave the “ Full name ” field blank.
Step 8 : Click Apply
Step 9 : Click OK
Step 10 : Click OK one more time
Once you’ve completed these steps log out of your account and you’ll see the new name displayed on the login screen.
Rename the account using Computer Management
To use a different name for an account on Windows 10 you can follow these steps:
Step 1 : Open Start
Step 2 : Enter Computer Management to search and click on the first result
Step 3 : Double-click to expand the System Tools branch
Step 4 : Double-click to expand the Local Users and Groups branch
Step 5 : Click Users
Step 6 : Right-click on the account you want to rename and select Properties . Tip: You can also always click the Rename option to change your account alias.
Step 7 : Click the General tab
Step 8 : Enter a new name for your Windows 10 account in the field ” Full name “
Step 9 : Click Apply button
Step 10 : Press the OK button
After you complete these steps, the next time you log in you will see your account display with your new name. This method won’t be available with Windows 10 Home editions.
Note : On Windows 10 you have many ways to change the name of an account, but all of these methods fail to change the name of the profile folder in the Users folder. There are a few ways to solve this problem, but most of them are potentially risky, so you should consider them before doing it.
And finally, remember if you just want to hide your email address on the login screen, you can do so by going to Settings> Accounts> Sign-in Options> Privacy and sliding the switch next to Show account. details to off location.
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