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It's easy to change the display username in Windows 8.1, but I can't seem to figure out how to modify the internally identifying username (which can be seen on the Security window, which would say e.g. Robert (RobertsLaptop\Bob) if the user signed up as Bob but later changed his username). Registry modifications related to it are just reset on the next session and don't actually change the display; the same goes for changing the USERNAME environment variable. Is there some way to do this?

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  • Are you using a Microsoft account?
    – harrymc
    Nov 22, 2018 at 17:21
  • @harrymc I am not, I'm on a standard user account.
    – snorepion
    Nov 22, 2018 at 19:47
  • Which registry modifications have you done that are reset on reboot?
    – harrymc
    Nov 23, 2018 at 8:22
  • HKEY_USERS\snorepion\Volatile Environment\USERNAME is the one that seems to be affected.
    – snorepion
    Nov 25, 2018 at 15:56

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I was able to fix the issue using lusrmgr.msc; selecting the profile -> More Actions -> Rename seems to have done the trick, although you have to log out first or errors will occur. netplwiz can be used to fix the issue on versions lower than Professional, where lusrmgr.msc is not available.

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