When you want to make the sign-in screen more private, use this guide to change your account name on Windows 10.

If you're running Windows 10 on your PC, you probably already noticed that your full name along with your email address always show up on the sign-in screen -- personal information that is pulled down from your Microsoft Account that you used to set up your computer.

While typically there is nothing wrong displaying the user's full name on the sign-in screen, some people may see this as a privacy concern when they use their computer in a public place.

The problem is that Windows 10 doesn't offer an option to remove your full name, or opt to use an username instead, as it's possible when using a local user account. However, you can get around this issue by changing your Microsoft Account name online to something that doesn't completely reveals your full identity, such as only using a few letters of your name and last name, or something entirely different.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to quickly change the displayed name in the sign-in screen on your device to make it more private.

How to change your sign-in screen name on Windows 10

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
  2. Click Accounts.
  3. Click Your email and accounts.
  4. Click the Manage my Microsoft Account link to open the web browser and load your profile.

  5. In the main page click the Edit name link.

  6. Change your name and last name to something less identifiable, and click Save.

  7. Restart your computer.

Once you've rebooted your system, you'll notice that your name will change as you sign-in, but it could take some time until the new changes sync to your machine.

It's important to note that by following these instructions, you'll also be changing the name on your Outlook.com account and other Microsoft services, as well as the account name of any other computer that is connected with your Microsoft Account.

Furthermore, you could try different tricks to change your name in the sign-in screen with the old User Account manager (netplwiz) or some sort of registry hack, but be aware that the changes will revert to the settings from your Microsoft Account as soon as you sign in back after restarting your computer.

How to change a local account name on Windows 10

If you're using a local account, then you can use these steps to change the name of your account that appears in the sign-in screen.

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click the Change account type link.
  3. Select your local account.
  4. Click the Change the account name link.

  5. Enter the new name for the account.

  6. Click the Change Name button to complete the task.

More Windows 10 resources

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