How do I change my Windows 10 administrator sign-in name?

by orbuculum   Last Updated June 23, 2018 19:01 PM

I recently read that running Windows (10 Home, in my case) primarily on an administrator account is a bad idea for security reasons. So, I created a local account to work in, and I'll only log in as an administrator as needed.

My administrator account displays my real name on the sign-in screen. I'd like to change this to just "Administrator" or "Administrator Jack" to differentiate the two accounts, since my local account is also my full name.

I can't figure out how to do this. I logged into my Microsoft account, which is linked with the machine's administrator account, and changed my name there, but the change has not taken effect on the sign-in screen; it still shows my full name.

What do I need to do to make these desired changes?



Answers 2


Try this :

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click the Change account type link
  • Select the account you want to modify
  • Click the Change the account name link
  • Type the new name for the account
  • Click the Change Name button.

The sign-in screen should now display the new account name you specified.

harrymc
harrymc
June 23, 2018 18:17 PM

I've figured it out thanks to this video. Here are the steps I performed:

  1. Run a command prompt (as administrator)
  2. To activate Windows' admin account, type: net user administrator /active:yes
  3. To set a password, type: net user administrator *

And it worked. I now have an account named Administrator.

orbuculum
orbuculum
June 23, 2018 18:28 PM

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