User Account Name

1.6 – User Account Name

By default, once Windows Server 2016 is installed, you are
automatically logged in using the local “Administrator”
account. Whilst this is not a problem, some people want
their username to be something more personal (i.e. “Bob” or

When you setup Windows 10, you create a new account as part
of the install. This is an administrative account by default
as the build in “Administrator” account is automatically

You can’t rename the built in Administrator account on
Windows using the usual settings app, so you have to dig
a bit deeper. Even if you create a new account, your
Administrator account will still be visible on the login

1) As you can see, “Administrator” is the default username
when you boot up Windows Server 2016:

Default logon screen

2) Right click on the Start Button and click “Run“:

Right click Start Menu and click Run

3) Type “lusrmgr.msc
and hit Enter:

Type "LUSRMGR.MSC" into Run Box

4) Expand “Users“:

Expand Users

5) Right click on “Administrator” and
choose “Rename“:

Rename Administrator

6) Enter a new username (i.e. Joe Bloggs):


7) Log off and your name has changed.


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1 Response

  1. Alex Wording says:

    Seems like it would be better to create a new user account and add that account to the administrator group for general usage.
    The built in admin account has full elevated privileges if I am not mistaken and thus will not receive any UAC prompts which is not very good for security.
    So I suggest leaving the built in admin account with default name, and creating a new user account with your daily login name, then add the admin membership to that account. Logging in with that account will be more secure, as you will generally have normal user privileges, and you will get UAC prompts to elevate privileges only as needed.

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