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TristanWeijermars-9535 asked KapilArya answered

Remove/change usernames.

On my laptop (Windows 11 Home) there are three usernames active. I have the passwords of all three of them. Say that there names are X, Y and Z. I want to remove X, rename Y to Z and remove the original Z. How do I do this? Thank you.

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Are they Microsoft Account or Local Account?
Try open Accounts in the Settings and you should be able to manage your user accounts from there.

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Hello Reza-Ameri,

Thank you for your advise. I removed X using your method. However, I still have Y and Z left. I want to access the programs and files under Y by using Z. Do you have any idea on how to do this?

Best regards,
Tristan

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What happens when you attempt to remove it using that method?
Is there any error message?
Which one is the administrator?

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Hi @TristanWeijermars-9535

So basically you need to rename and remove accounts which is possible but you should make sure you are logged in as admin and you are not editing the same account to which you are logged in.

In the Control Panel, click on “User Accounts”. Then click on “Change account type”. Depending on your system’s security settings administrator rights may be required for this step.

In the next window, left-click the local user account you wish to change. Windows 11 will open a menu to customize the account. Select the “Change the account name” option.

Once you have renamed the account then you can follow the same step to remove the account from the PC.

Create a local user or administrator account in Windows https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-a-local-user-or-administrator-account-in-windows-20de74e0-ac7f-3502-a866-32915af2a34d

Hope this resolves your Query !!


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With your admin powers, you can easily remove X and Z by deleting the account. Before that, renaming Y to Z can be done using this guide (works with Windows 11):

https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-change-user-account-name-in-windows-10

Hope this helps!

Note: Included link in this reply refers to blog post by a trusted Microsoft MVP.

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