How to Rename Administrator Account on Windows 10

Change Administrator Name on Windows 10

Sometimes, you may need to change the name of the administrator on your computer. If you use a Windows 10 computer and need to change the name of the administrator, this article is for you.

Easy Ways to Change Administrator Name on Windows 10

There are many methods that you can use to change the name of the administrator on your computer. They include;

Method 1: Computer Management

This method includes the use of basic computer management approaches. It is the simplest method of changing or renaming the administrator in a computer system.

Step 1: Start by searching “computer management” on your computer.

computer management search option

Step 2: Once the result is shown, Locate and click on “Local Users and Groups”. This will take you to an options page where you see the “Users” option. Click on it and proceed to, “Administrators”

Local Users and Groups

Local Users Administrators

Step 3: While on “Administrator”, click the right mouse button and select the rename option.

Administrator rename option

Step 4: Input the new administrator’s name and press enter to save it.

new administrators name

Method 2: Command Prompt

In this method, you have to use the command prompt. While this method is also easy to use, you may need to have some advanced knowledge of computing to pull this off. The following are steps involved in the process.

Step 1: Press the Windows button + R, enter “cmd”

run cmd

Step 2: Once the command prompt opens, type in the following command

wmic useraccount where name=”Administrator” call rename “new name”

Wmic useraccount

Step 3: Press enter and you will be required to enter the new name. Once you do this, close the command prompt. The administrator’s name is effectively changed.

Method 3: Windows PowerShell

This method is similar to the previous one. The only difference is the use of Windows PowerShell instead of Command prompt. The process involved includes;

Step 1: Press the Windows and X buttons simultaneously, and run as an administrator to open the Windows PowerShell.

Windows PowerShell Run as administrator

Step 2: After opening PowerShell, enter the following command:

Rename -localuser -name XXX -newname YYY

PowerShell rename command

XXX = oldname, YYY = newname

Step 3: Input the new administrator name and enter. Close the PowerShell and check to confirm that the new administrator’s name has been effected.

Method 4: Group Policy Editor

This is the last method through which you can change the name of the administrator on your computer. The steps involved in the process are listed as follows;

Step 1: Press the Windows button and search for “Group Policy Editor”

Group Policy Editor Search

Step 2: Open the Group Policy Editor and go to “Windows Settings”. Under this option, proceed to “Security Settings” and then, “Security Options”. Under the “Security Options” menu, click on “Account: Rename Administrator Account”

Group Policy Editor Windows Settings

Step 3: Double-click, make changes and then click “Apply”

Group Policy Editor Rename Administrator

How to Change an Administrator on Windows 10

If you transferred your computer to another person, you may want to consider changing the administrator, to allow them with full and unrestricted access to the files on the computer.

The following are methods that you can use to change the administrator on a Windows 10 computer;

Step 1: Search for Control Panel in the search bar

Control Panel Option

Step 2: Launch it and click on User’s Accounts option

control panel user account

Step 3: Click on the user you want to change and change the account type to administrator.

change the account type

Step 4: Click on change account type to finalize and effect the settings.

change account type settings

How To Reset Administrator Password in Windows 10

Lastly, you may need to reset the administrator’s  password for your Windows 10 computer. Remember that the administrator account gives unrestricted access to the computer and its settings.

Through Settings

Step 1: Press the Windows button

Step 2: You will see the Settings option in the list of menu the button brings. Click on Settings

Settings search option

Step 3: Click on Accounts, and click on My Info

Settings account option

Step 4: This will lead you to a page where you should choose the Manage My Microsoft Account option.

Manage My Microsoft Account option

Step 5: You should proceed to More Actions and Edit Profile

More Actions and Edit Profile

edit microsoft account

Step 6: Click on Change the Password on the top window of the page

Change the Password option

Step 7: You will be required to provide both current and new password on this page

microsoft account password change

Step 8: If you don’t have the password, you can click on Forgot Password and this will take you to another process of recovering your password.

Step 9: Click on Save after providing the new password. You can then restart the computer and sign in with the new password

These steps will help you change the administrator password.


These are the four different methods for changing the name of an administrator on a Windows 10 computer. These methods all work effectively and you can choose any of them as long as it works for you.

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