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How can I change a username on Win 7 Home Premium

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  • I have three Win 7 machines in the house and I've recently stoodup a Windows Home Server. On one of the client machines, a Win 7 Home Premium box, I need to change one of the usernames so that it will be consistent with the other machines and the WHS box. Unfortunately I cannot use the Local User Manager MMC snap-in to rename the user. The functionality is blocked on Home Premium. I tried doing remotely but that was also blocked.

    Is there another way to change a username on Win 7 Home Premium? A command line tool? Registry hack? Or am I out of luck?

    TIA

    -Mike

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:37 AM

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  • Mike, if you boot to Safe Mode, you can login as Administrator then use User Accounts in Control Panel. Click on Manage Another Account, select the one you want then click on Change Account Name.

    This will not change the directory structure on the hard drive but it will change he account name.

    Alternative would be to create a new, throw away Administrator level account then logoff the current one, login with the new one then proceed as above. The key is that you can't change the account name you're logged in as. Delete the new one when done.
    Rich
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:07 AM
  • Thanks for the reply. I tried that. The Change Account Name function only changes the name that is displayed on the logon page. I need to change the actual username.

    -Mike
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:10 AM
  • Perhaps do like we did in XP days?

    Create a new account with the name you need.
    Copy everything over from the old to the new.
    Delete the old after suitable testing.
    Rich
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:12 AM
  • Perhaps do like we did in XP days?

    Create a new account with the name you need.
    Copy everything over from the old to the new.
    Delete the old after suitable testing.
    If the desire is to change the related folder names as well as to change the displayed user account name then making a new user account and deleting the old one is the only way to achieve that, I'm afraid.  That's the case for XP and Vista as well.  Changing the user account name does not change the actual names of the related user folders.
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:16 AM
  • I just need to change the username. it's fine with me if the user's home folder maintained the original name. I just really need to change the username.

    -Mike
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:24 AM
  • I haven't checked as yet, but does Home Premium not allow you to use Control Panel -> User Accounts to change a user account name?

    If not, you could enable the Administrator account by running an elevated command prompt (right-click and choose 'Run as administrator') and then enabled the inbuilt Administrator account by issuing the command:

    net user administrator /active:yes


    Logging in to that account would definitely allow you to make such changes.  But I'd have thought that the Control Panel applet would allow you to do what you ask, simply by logging in to a 'normal' Administrator Group account.
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:30 AM
  • You can use the command netplwiz to change the display name and actual username.
    • Proposed as answer by aka Max Luchs Sunday, July 11, 2010 1:59 AM
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 3:35 AM
  • I was wondering how do I change the directory structure on the hard drive.  When they installed windows 7 onto my computer, they wrote my name wrong and it is driving me insane (I know very silly) so see my name mispelt everywhere.

     

    The tech guys I have brought it, just keep on changing the account user name, and one of them said they fixed it, but it is still there under the administrator user name, and obviously it is locked and I cannot edit it directly :S 

    If there is someway to fix this, it would be greatly appreciated!

    Jonathan

    Sunday, January 23, 2011 1:06 AM
  • I have the same problem you have and need help as well.  When the HP techs put in a new hard drive, they named it TEST so I don,t even get to have my name on my folder list at all.  So help me to to understand thisd one...

     

    Christina

    Saturday, June 25, 2011 7:15 PM
  • Click START. in the search box type REGEDIT and go into it. (WARNING: thing in your registry are VERY sensitive!) look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE click the little plus. click \ SOFTWARE click \click Microsoft \click Windows NT \click CurrentVersion. now look for Registered Owner, double click it. change the name to whatever you desire, then exit the registry.


    Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:34 AM
  • You can use the command netplwiz to change the display name and actual username.
    Thanks a million Ispiehler.  You're a genius.  I was able to do exactly what I needed to do without having to make a new administrator and copy all the old display name folders to the new ones under the new username.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 5:53 PM
  • I know its been a while, but i tried that & it did nothing. If windows is so good, thimgs like this should be no problem. I might jusr switch to linix so I can at least make the changes *I* want after learning how...
    Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:17 AM
  • That was the solution I was looking for!! Thanks a lot!
    Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:19 AM
  • Sorry 'Registered Owner' is not in the registry.  Also searched the entire registery, no luck.  I tried logging in as the main Administrator and also as the current user but it still did not show up.    I have Windows 7 Home Premium.  (The previous PC owner has a very bad user name)   I created another user but all the software is under the original user name.  Does copying everything work?  Will I still have access to Microsoft Office, etc.?

    Thanks Robert

    Friday, May 11, 2012 9:36 PM
  • You are my hero!
    Tuesday, September 25, 2012 3:52 AM
  • check the this link I think you will find the solution

    http://superuser.com/questions/47777/how-do-i-change-a-user-name-in-windows-7

    I hope I was helpful 

     
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 9:54 AM
  • You can use the command netplwiz to change the display name and actual username.

    OMG! One person of a million actually reads the question and gives REAL and working solution.  Thanks a million Ispiehler! You're the man!

    To most others: guys, if you are not sure or "think" you know the answer, try testing it first and then writing something.  Really, it is frustrating to go through your useless garbage posts that suggest non-workable solutions.

    Friday, August 23, 2013 4:57 AM
  • Agreed!! I'm certain this easy fix is what 99% of the people here are looking for!!

    You can use the command netplwiz to change the display name and actual username.

    Sunday, August 25, 2013 2:58 PM
  • You can use the command netplwiz to change the display name and actual username.

    This is odd. I have Home Premium and this command just displays the user names and groups, but doesn't let me change them. Has something changed in the last 3 1/2 years?

    [later] I found the answer to this: you have to check the box "Users must enter a user name & password..." and then the action buttons are no longer greyed out.

    [even later] ... and don't forget to change it back again afterwards if you want to!


    Peter



    • Edited by ptoye Thursday, January 09, 2014 2:51 PM
    Sunday, January 05, 2014 2:24 PM
  • To most others: guys, if you are not sure or "think" you know the answer, try testing it first and then writing something.  Really, it is frustrating to go through your useless garbage posts that suggest non-workable solutions.

    I suspect the problem here is that an account has two "names": the account name and the user name. I think that most of the repliers thought this topic was about changing the account name. The original post said "username", but the two are easily confused.

    Peter

    Sunday, January 05, 2014 2:35 PM