I regularly use remote access tools such as LogMeIn, RemoteDesktop and TeamViewer to provide remote support for clients all over the country. Since Windows 8 arrived, getting the Windows username from clients has become increasingly difficult. More often than not I hear “I don’t know” or “my PIN is …”, neither of which provide insight to the actual username.
Here is how to determine you actual Windows username…
- Open a Command Prompt
- Start > Windows System > Command Prompt
- Right-click Start > Run: cmd [Enter]
- [WIN+R]: cmd [Enter]
- Type: whoami [Enter]
The result will be something similar to “pc\user“. The user portion represents your internal Windows username.
Slightly faster method…
Run: cmd /k whoami
Note: The “/K” switch (eg: keep) executes the specified command and leaves the CMD window open 😉
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