How to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10

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Introduction

This guide demos how to change administrator name in Windows 10.

There could be a number of reasons to rename the local Administrator account. One reason to do this is to tighten security.

When you change the Administrator account it becomes a bit more difficult for intruders to guess the admin login name.

Methods to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10

This guide offers 4 methods to change administrator name in windows 10:

  1. From Computer Management
  2. Using Command Prompt
  3. Change Administrator name with PowerShell
  4. Rename Administrator with Group Policy

1
How to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10 from Computer Management

One of the fastest ways to rename Administrator account is via Computer Management.

Here are the detailed steps:

  • Right-click start menu. Then select Computer Management.
How to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10 from Computer Management
  • When Computer Management opens, expand Local Users and Groups. Then click on the Users node.
How to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10 from Computer Management
  • To rename the Administrator account, right-click Administrator (or whatever the current name is). Then select Rename.
How to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10 from Computer Management
  • Finally, type any name you wish to rename Administrator to. When you finish press enter.

2
How to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10 with Command Prompt

Windows Sys Admins may want to use command prompt to rename a local administrator account.

Here are the steps to use this method:

  • Type cmd in the search bar. Then click Run as administrator.
  • When command prompt opens, type this command. Then press enter.
wmic useraccount where name='Administrator' call rename name='newAdministratorName' 

Before you run the command, change newAdministratorName to the new name you want to give the Administrator account.

For my demo, I used the command below

wmic useraccount where name='Administrator' call rename name='Difficulttoguess'

Here is the result in command prompt…

To confirm that the account was renamed successfully, check Local Users and Groups in Computer Management.

3
Rename Administrator Account with PowerShell

You can also use PowerShell to change the name of the Administrator account.

Here are the steps…

  • Type powershell in the windows search bar. Then click Run as Administrator.
how to change administrator name on windows 10
  • To get the current name of the local administrator account, type the command below into PowerShell. Then press enter.
Get-LocalUser

This will display details of all local users in your PC. Note the name of the “Built-in account for administering the computer/domain”.

how to change administrator name on windows 10
  • To rename the administrator name type this command. Then press enter.
Rename-LocalUser -Name Administrator -NewName NewAdminName

Change NewAdminName to the new name you want to change administrator name to..

Here is the command in PowerShell.

how to change administrator name on windows 10

The command completes and it appears that nothing changed. To confirm that the name of administrator changed successfully open Local Users and Groups in Computer Management.

how to change administrator name on windows 10

4
How to Change Administrator Name in Windows 10 with Group Policy

This method is very useful for Sys Admins that want to change local administrator account name in all domain-joined computers.

There are 3 high-level tasks in this method:

  1. Create a new GPO
  2. Link the GPO to an Active Directory Container
  3. Configure the policy to change administrator name in Windows 10

The steps for the first 2 tasks are not covered in this guide. For the detailed steps click the hyperlinks.

Below are the detailed steps to configure a GPO to rename local administrator.

  • Login to a Domain Controller and open Server Manager.
  • From Server Manager, click Tools. Then Select Group Policy Management.
If you Enable RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10 you should be able to open Group Policy Management from your Windows 10 PC.
  • When Group Policy Management opens, right-click the GPO you want to use and select Edit
  • At Group Policy Management Editor, beneath Computer Configuration, navigate to Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies. Then click Security Options.
  • On the detail pane of Security Options node locate and double-click Accounts: Rename administrator account policy. When the policy opens for editing, check Define this policy setting check box. Then type the name you want to change administrator name in windows 10 to. Finally, Apply and then OK.
  • You will now notice that the policy status have changed from “Not Defined” to the new name of the administrator account.
After enabling this policy all PCs in the Active Directory container the GPO is linked to will apply the policy and the Administrator account will be renamed.

Conclusion

You should be able to change administrator name in Windows 10 with one of the methods discussed in this guide.

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