One of the drawbacks of a huge email provider such as Hotmail is that by the
time you get there, it seems like all the good names are taken. After choosing
a name, often a poor substitute for what we’d really like, wouldn’t it
be nice to be able to just rename the account when we get a better idea?
Sadly, it’s not to be…
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I know of no way to rename a Hotmail account. Or a Yahoo account. Or an
account with any of the free email services. In fact, it’s fairly common that
even paid services cannot be renamed.
The only real alternative I know of is to create a new account, with the new
name you want (assuming that’s available, of course), and begin using that
instead of the old.
Update: – I’ve added a new article that explores this topic in more depth:
How do I change my Hotmail name or address?