Administrators is the minimum group membership required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

To rename a local user account
  1. Open Computer Management.

  2. In the console tree, click Users.


    • Computer Management\System Tools\Local Users and Groups\Users

  3. Right-click the user account that you want to rename, and then click Rename.

  4. Type the new user name, and then press ENTER.

Additional considerations

  • To perform this procedure, you must provide credentials for the Administrator account on the local computer (if you are prompted), or you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.

  • Because it retains its security identifier (SID), a renamed user account retains all its other properties, such as its description, password, group memberships, user profile, account information, and any assigned permissions and user rights.

  • A user name cannot be identical to any other user name or group name of the computer that is being administered. A user name can contain up to 20 uppercase characters or lowercase characters, except for the following:

    " / \ [ ] : ; | = , + * ? < > @

    A user name cannot consist solely of periods (.) or spaces.

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