Renaming user accounts means changing the display name and login name of the user accounts while leaving the account profiles unchanged. This is useful when a user account contains some sensitive information that cannot be transferred or deleted in any condition. In order to keep the information intact and in its place, administrators mostly rename the user account according to the name of the new user who has been appointed to take place of the old user for whom the account was initially created.
When a user account is renamed, its profile specific folder, which is by default in ‘C:\Users’ folder remains unchanged and is not renamed according to the new name of the user account. Sometimes, this situation can be confusing for the new users if they ever want to locate files directly by going to their profile folders.
Technical Information about User Accounts and Renaming User Accounts
When a new user account is created, the operating system assigns a security identifier or SID, which is a unique number assigned to that particular account only. When administrators assign permissions on the user accounts, or any other event takes place in which the user account participates, the operating system looks at the user accounts not by the display names or logon usernames but by the SIDs assigned to them.
If administrators delete a user account and create a new one with the same user and logon name, the SID for the new user account still differs from the one that was assigned to the old user account with the same name and which was deleted by the administrators.
When administrators rename a user account, the SID of the user account remains intact and therefore all the permissions and privileges granted to the user remain unchanged. This practice saves a decent amount of time that administrators would have otherwise spent, if they had to delete the user account and create a new one and assign all the permissions and grant the privileges to the new account, in order to make it functional.
How to Rename User Accounts in Windows 7?
In order to rename a user account in Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, administrators must follow the steps given as below:
- Log on to Windows 7 computer with administrator account.
- Click Start, and from the menu right-click Computer.
- From the displayed context menu, click Manage.
- On the opened Computer Management snap-in, from the left pane expand Local Users and Groups category, and click to select Users container.
- From the right pane, right-click the user account that has to be renamed, and from the context menu click Rename.
- In the editable field, type the new name for the account and press Enter key to rename the user account.