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Windows 7 - Change the User Name

Welcome to this Windows 7 tutorial on how to change the user or account name. You may want to do this if you want to keep the profile setup as it is but the computer is being used by someone else. You may also have entered the name incorrectly when setting Windows 7 up so need to change it.

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  • Yellow arrows or circles indicate where to look or click
  • Unless specified otherwise use the 'left' mouse button to click

Windows 7 - Change the User Name

Start Menu button displays the recently used programs and the start menu which shows available programs. Access to the control panel can be made from here.

With the Windows 7 screen loaded to the desktop you will see a blue bar along the bottom and a blank screen usually blue which is the desktop and normally has a recycle bin icon on it.

From the lower left side of the screen click the Start Menu button which will pop up and produce a vertical menu as pictured left.

At the top of the menu above the user name you will see a small picture. With your mouse click this small picture.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows 7

You will see the box as on the left which shows a list of options and the existing users which in this case is 'User'.

From the menu under 'Make Changes to Your User Account' click the option 'Manage Another Account'.

This will launch the next window

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, you can see the profile pictures that can be changed

You will see the user account dialog box appear. You should see all the created users including the currently logged on user account and normally 'Guest'. Click the picture and name of the account you wish to change from the user list.

The 'Make Changes to Account' window will display.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, add and remove users, change passwords or profile pictures

You will now see the heading for 'Make Changes to 'your user' Account' and a list of available options. One of these options is 'Change the account name'.

Click on the 'Change the account name' hyperlink.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, add and remove users, change passwords or profile pictures

You will now see the prompt for the account name. Enter the name you prefer in the box provided. In our example we have entered Test 2.

Once you have entered a name click the 'Change Name' button at the bottom of the window.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

Once you select change name you will be taken back to the 'Make Changes to Account' menu and you will notice the name for the selected user has changed. In our case the test account is now Test 2.

In the top right click the red box with the white X in it. This closes the user accounts box and will return you to the Windows 7 desktop screen.

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