Starting from Windows Live Messenger 2011, your friends will always see your real name when talking with you. In order to unify the experience, the development team says, the display name feature has been removed from Messenger.
The name shown to your friends now originates from your Windows Live Profile. Thus, this is the place to look at when you want to change your display name in Messenger.
- Open http://profile.live.com/details/Edit/Name.
- Sign in with your Windows Live ID and the corresponding password.
- Enter the name you want to show into the boxes for First name and Last name.
- Click Save.
Sign out and back in — and you will have changed your name displayed in Messenger.
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