• JP

    Tried your method. It seemed to work but when I looked in Windows ExplorerUsers the old name still showed. Can that be changed to the new name somehow?

  • Jim Boyd

    Windows 8….making even the simplest of task more complicated than it needs to be.

  • Matt

    @JP – This is the way changing the account name works. If the folder name was changed, programs could experience problems because they’re expecting information to be in the old user folder. However, if you want that folder renamed, you will have to create a new user account and migrate your data over.

    Also, your “making even the simplest of tasks more complicated” comment is WRONG. While the link may be removed from the sidebar, the same function is still there if you dive down in the User Accounts, which is the same as Windows 7. “Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Accounts” or “Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> User Accounts”. However, the fast way to do this is to enter “control.exe userpasswords” into the Run box. This has been available since Windows 2000.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    I have updated the post to show how to rename the user folder.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Thanks for the inputs Matt. Will edit/update post.

  • Christian Noir

    Is there a way to do this with Windows 7 Home Premium? Although I can follow the steps above, it did not work. I get a whole default desktop and a warning in the bottom-right saying I cannot access my files and anything that I do to my profile is temporary and will be basically lost… Thanks.

  • samo

    super it works

  • RirA

    Tnx very Much

  • http://nspeaks.com Navjot Singh

    The Folder rename method didn’t work for me. Windows logged me into a temporary profile after the restart.

  • JimTN

    I maybe have the opposite problem. The upgrade to 8.1 did not let me use my old account (jar) and even though I made a new local account named jar, its home directory is jar_2. The jar directory is still there, and I need to make my new account use it. I tried changing jar_2 to jar in the registry (so now two entries point to the same directory), but when I do this, if I try to log in as jar, I immediately get logged out.
    What am I doing wrong?

  • nomad

    do not work in this way.I lost all my customization I already made.Windowa 8.1 just create new admin account with the new name.So i have to change name again to old one to have all my settings again

  • TG2

    yeah, the rename in the registry is incorrect for me too. Gives file inuse (and I am logged in as a different account) never as easy as it use to be. thank *you* microsoft.

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can try this from the same account to avoid file in use error :)

  • Jb

    yeah me to. this is’t work.

  • Brandyn

    I did this and it said that it could not be changed

  • Bri

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • Mimimi

    I tried to change user account name. Did everything just like described above. Result: after restart, user name remained as it was before, but my password was invalidated. It doesn’t accept any password at all and I can’t log in to Windows anymore. What could have gone wrong and what can I do now to restore system’s previous state? Any ideas?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ If you are using Microsoft account in Windows 8, you can change the live account password from web and enter the new password for log in to Windows 8.

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