Over time, it’s not uncommon for Windows 10 users to come to dislike their user folder name which gives rise to discussions about how to change C/users/username in Windows 10. You want to change the name of the user folder on your Windows 10 PC but don’t know the way? In that case, you should find this article helpful. Read to the end to be able to change the user folder name to your liking.
Changing User Folder Name: Instructions
Via File Explorer
- Step 1: Press Windows + E to open Explorer.
- Step 2: Navigate to This PC > C drive > Users.
- Step 3: Right-click the user folder you want to rename, click Rename and type in your preferred name. After you finish, hit Enter then restart your computer.
Via Registry Editor
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type cmd and hit Run as administrator.
- Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the command wmic useraccount get name,SID.
- Step 3: Note down the SID of the account you want to rename then close Command Prompt.
- Step 4: Press Windows key, type Regedit and hit Enter.
- Step 5: In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
- Step 6: Search for the SID you previously noted down then hit it.
- Spte 7: Look to the right, right-click ProfileImagePath and pick Modify.
- Step 8: In Value data, substitute the new name for the current name then hit OK.
- Step 9: Restart your computer.
- Step 10: When the screen comes back on, see how things turn out.
What Is The Difference Between User Account Name And User Folder Name?
User account name and user folder name are two quite confusing terms. User account name is the name that is displayed on your login screen. On the other hand, the user folder name is included in the pathway needed by files, applications, and settings to run as required. Here is an example of the user folder name: A downloaded image will have a path like “C:\Users\Kiptoo\Downloads\1669703576732.JPEG”, your folder name comes after Users which in this case is \Kiptoo\.
How To Change User Account Name
Via Control Panel
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
- Step 2: Change View by to Category, select User accounts and choose Manage another account.
- Step 3: Click the account you want to rename then pick Change account name.
- Step 4: Enter your new name then hit Change name to save the changes.
- Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
- Step 2: Select Accounts then choose Manage in Your info. Microsoft’s page will open on your default browser.
- Step 3: Hit the profile icon on your top right and follow the on-screen instructions to sign into your account.
- Step 4: Go to Your info, enter the new name once the Edit name panel appears and save the changes.
Via User Account
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type netplwiz and hit Enter to open User Account.
- Step 2: Select the account you want to rename then choose Properties.
- Step 3: Enter your new name, select Apply and choose OK to save the changes.
Via Local Users And Groups
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type lusrmgr.msc and hit Enter to open Local Users And Groups.
- Step 2: Click Users then double-click the account you want to rename.
- Step 3: In General tab, enter your new username. Feel free to include a description if you wish. Last but not least, select Apply and choose OK.
Unable To Access Files After Changing Account Name: Fixes
After you finish changing the user account name on Windows 10, issues like failing to access files can occur. That is caused by permission issues and you have to take ownership of the files.
- Step 1: Right-click the file or folder you cannot access then pick Properties.
- Step 2: Navigate to the Security tab, select Advanced and choose Change beside Owner.
- Step 3: Click Advanced, pick Find now, choose your user account and select OK.
- Step 4: Check the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box, pick Apply and click OK to save the changes.
- Step 5: In Properties, click Edit below Groups or usernames and pick your account. Next, check the checkbox next to Full control under Allow column, save the changes and restart your computer.
What Must Be Done To Change Computer Name
- Step 1: Open Settings, select System and choose About.
- Step 2: Hit Advanced system settings.
- Step 3: Proceed to go to Computer name tab then hit Change.
- Step 4: Enter your new name, save your change and restart your computer.