How to Rename a Windows 10 User Folder

 

What you should know

Make a new local account with the desired name (set it as an administrator). Then navigate to Settings > Accounts > Your Information.

Instead, choose Sign in with a Microsoft Account. You must transfer all of your files and applications to the new account.

Warning: Changes to the user folder name have the potential to corrupt any installed software.

Changing the name of your account in Windows 10 is relatively simple, but changing the name of the user folder is another matter entirely. Many applications and Windows settings rely on the user folder name as part of a pathway to required data for them to run correctly.

 

How to Rename a User Account Folder in Windows 10

Changing the name of your account in Windows 10 is simple, but changing the name of the user folder is a very different story. Many apps and Windows settings rely on the user folder name as part of a path to necessary data in order to function properly.

Make a Windows 10 local account. Make careful to give it the name you desire for your user folder. You should also make the account an administrator.

Sign in to your Microsoft account by navigating to Settings > Accounts > Your Info. Select Sign in with a Microsoft Account instead.

 

Although it is possible to change the name of your folder in Windows 10, it can very easily break software or even make the entire user profile unusable. With that in mind, the safer and more reliable method is to create a new account with the desired folder name.

Create a local account for Windows 10. Make sure to name it what you want your user folder to be. You also want to set the account as an administrator.

Sign in to your Microsoft account by navigating to Settings > Accounts > Your Info. Select Sign in with a Microsoft Account instead.

Login Screen for Windows 10 Microsoft Account
Input your Microsoft account name and password to log in. That will automatically sync your Microsoft account settings and store purchases. You will still need to install your applications on the new account, but your user folder name will be the same as the original local account.

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Change Windows 10 User Folder Name In Registry

The more advanced method for changing your user folder name is to do so in the registry. This method won’t force you to make a new account, but any mistakes can make your user profile invalid, and even when it works, some software may not function properly due to file path conflicts. Proceed with caution and only if you’re happy to create a system restore point before starting in the event something goes wrong.

This method is only viable on Windows 10 Pro, not Windows 10 Home.

Open the Command Prompt in administrator mode.

Command Prompt Search in Windows 10
Type wmic useraccount list full and press enter. In the resulting list, search for your existing account name. Take note of the SID number for your existing account name.

CMD SID Search
Rename your existing account by typing CD c:\users, then rename [YourOldAccountName] [NewAccountName]. Rename JonM Jon Martindale, for example. Be sure to set your new account name to what you want the user folder to be.

Rename Account Name in Command Prompt
Open Regedit, and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

Look for the profile you want to change the user folder name (based on the SID value you noted earlier) and open the ProfileImagePath value.

Registry Edit for SID Value
Change the value data to the new folder name—make sure it’s the same as your newly renamed account—and select OK.

Restart your Windows 10 PC.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Windows 10 user folder name should have your new account name. If you run into some issues accessing the account or the user profile is corrupted, use your system restore point to get back to a functioning system again, and if you still want to change the user folder name, run through the steps again.

ATTENTION! WORKS NOT FOR EVERYONE AND YOU CAN LOOSE DATA. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

In today’s post, we will show you how to rename a Windows 10 User folder.
The first step is to create a local user account. Go to Cortana search line and type ‘command’. Right click on ‘command prompt’. Choose “run as administrator”. Click “yes”. Type in ‘net user Administrator /active:yes ‘. Press “enter’. The command completed successfully.

Go to the left bottom corner of your desktop and click on windows icon. The start menu will pop up. You can see a small account icon, above the same windows icon, click on it. Choose “Sign out”.
Log in to “Administrator” account. Wait up until Windows sets up a new account. Go to the left bottom corner of your desktop and right-click on windows icon. Choose ‘computer management’. Click on “Local users and groups’ on the left side menu. Click ‘Users’. Right-click on the Windows user folder and rename it.
Open your local disk. Go to ‘users’ folder. Right-click on the folder and choose ‘rename’.
Press Win+R [Windows+R] on your keyboard. Type ‘regedit’. Click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ ProfileList. Find the one you created today. Double click on ‘ProfileImagePath’ and rename it.

Go to the left bottom corner of your desktop and click on windows icon. The start menu will pop up. You can see a small account icon, above the same windows icon, click on it. Choose “Sign out”. Log in to your account. You can go to your local disk. Go to ‘users’ folder. You will see your user folder has a new name.
You can delete Administrator account. Go to Cortana search line and type ‘command’. Right click on ‘command prompt’. Choose “run as administrator”. Click “yes”. Type in ‘net user Administrator /active:no ‘. Press “enter’. The command completed successfully.