Changing the administrator name in Windows 7 or Windows 8 was easy, but it is a bit tricky when it comes to Windows 10. In this article, we’ll teach you how to change the administrator name on Windows 10 conveniently. There are four easy ways to choose to change the name of the administrator.
4 ways of changing the administrator name on Windows 10
All of the four ways mentioned below are tried and tested by experts.
1. Via computer Management
Renaming the administrator’s name via the computer management option is the fastest of all. Follow these steps to change the name instantly:
- Right-click on the start menu at the bottom of your screen.
- Select the option “Computer Management” to proceed.
- Expand the “Local Users and Groups” option once the Computer Management option opens.
- Click on the “Users” option.
- Select the “Administrator” option and right-click on it to open the dialog box.
- Choose the “Rename” option to change the name of the administrator.
- After typing your preferred name, press the enter key, and you’re done!
2. Via Command Prompt
A bit technical but 100% effective way of changing the administrator’s name on Windows 10 is by choosing the command prompt option. The steps to do so are:
- Type the command “cmd” in the search bar located at the bottom of your screen.
- Select the second option i.e., “Run as Administrator,” from the menu that has appeared on your right side.
- A dialog box will appear asking you whether you allow this application to make changes to your system. Select the option “Yes.”
- Once the command prompt is open, type the command mentioned below.
- wmic useraccount where name=’Administrator’ call rename name=’newAdministratorName’
- Make sure you have changed the ‘newAdminstratorName’ area to the name you want to give to your administrator account.
- Now press the enter key to confirm the changes.
- To ensure your changes are saved, check the “Local Users and Groups” option in the “Computer Management.”
3. Via Windows PowerShell
You can also rename your administrator name by following the Windows PowerShell route. The steps for this are:
- In the search bar located at the bottom of the screen, type the command “PowerShell”
- Click on the “Run as Administrator” option visible at the now appeared menu on your right side.
- A dialog box will prompt asking your permission to either allow the application to run on your system or not. Choose the “Yes” option to proceed.
- Now get your administrator account’s current name by entering the command mentioned below into the Windows PowerShell.
- The command will list down all the local users of your PC or laptop. Don’t forget to note the name of “Built-in account for administering the computer/domain.”
- Now to rename your administrator’s account as per your preference, enter the command mentioned below.
- Rename-LocalUser -Name Administrator -NewName NewAdminName
- Make sure you have changed the ‘newAdminName’ area to the name you want to give to your administrator account.
- Now hit the enter key to finalize the changes.
- To confirm that the changes are completely accepted, open “Local Users and Groups” by visiting the “Computer Management” option.
4. Via Group Policy
Group Policy is a useful Sys Admins setting from where the administrator can change the name in all domain-joined computers. It involves creating GPO, linking the GPO to Active Directory Container, and then configuring the overall policy to change the name in Windows 10.
Once your GPO is created and linked to Active Directory Container, proceed with these steps:
- After logging in to the Domain Controller, click on “Server Manager” to open.
- Once inside the Server Manager, click on the “Tools” option located on the screen’s top right side.
- In the now open menu, click on the “Group Policy Management” option.
- Once the Group Policy Management is open, right-click the GPO you desire to use and click on the “Edit” option.
- Beneath “Computer Configuration” in Group Policy Management Editor, go to Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies. Now select “Security Options.”
- In Security Options, select Accounts: Rename administrator account policy option.
- Now select the “Define this policy setting” box.
- Change the name you prefer as the administrator’s name and then click the “Apply” and “Ok” option.
- Once “Not Defined” in policy status changes to your assigned admin name, you’re good to go.