Is it possible to change my Skype display name?

Everything I've found on the Internet so far seems to indicate that there's no way to change my Skype display or username. None of the instructions seem to apply to the version of Skype I'm running – which I believe is the latest. Before I consider scrapping my current account and/or creating a new one, I just wanted to make sure I didn't have any other options.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. That is the name tied to your account. You can change your display name but not the account name.

Your question had two parts to one question. Yes, you can change your display name. My display is my name. No, you cannot change account name. Mine is as I set it up years ago.
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
I'm assuming that the display name is the name that will be displayed to other users. Is that correct?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The Skype name is nominally your computer login name. That is how it is for me.

If you go to View, Profile, you see it there. This is so people can find you.

You can then click on Security settings and make changes. You can change your primary email address and then that name will occur.

So you can change the name within bounds of your email addresses.
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
The version of Skype I'm running does not have security settings.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Skype, View, Profile, and that opens a new Window. There is a link to Security Settings at the bottom. Security settings is in a web browser window
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did you find it?  Your Skype Name is the name you have on your Skype Email address and (if you are willing) you can change that name.

Skype-Profile-SettingsSkype-Profile-Settings.jpg
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
Nope. I'm running version 8.12.

Also, I've noticed that Skype is being started when Windows starts – despite the fact I've configured it not to do so.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The Name Skype uses is the Name on the email account. Is this not true for you. It has always been this way on a properly operating system.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also if Version 8, are you using Windows 10 Skype?  I will not use this - I use Desktop Skype instead.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Skype for Windows 10 is Version 12.10.572 for Windows 10.

Desktop Skype is Version 7.4  

There is no Version 8 except download sites put out false versions.  Is this what might have happened?
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
False versions!? Now I'm really worried!

When I went to remove Skype from my system,  it showed up in the list as version 8.12, published by Skype Technologies. I don't have a clue what's going on, but I won't be reinstalling Skype anytime soon.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Skype is from Microsoft and there is no version 8.1.  Please do uninstall it.

If you choose not to install Skype again, please close the question. Assuming a legitimate version, I did answer you correctly.
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Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12041/what-platforms-is-skype-available-on

"Skype is from Microsoft and there is no version 8.1.  Please do uninstall it. "

Not true.

If you are on Windows 10, you will have a desktop Skype client of version 8.1.2 if you update it to its latest build in Dec 2017.

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34778/release-notes-for-skype-for-desktop-mac-and-linux

You need to logon to Skype.com to change your security settings.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have the latest version of Desktop Skype and that is 7.4 something. Higher numbers (12 something) are the Windows 10 product which is different

You need to logon to Skype.com to change your security settings.   <-- Yes, as I noted above. Security settings open a web browser window.

P.S.  In Programs and Features, the maker is still listed as Skype Technologies.
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
So…

After removing version 8.1.2 from my system, I thought that would be the end of it. I was wrong. Instead of having no Skype on my system, version 7.36 has made an appearance!? But it doesn't show up in the Programs and features list. I suppose someone will tell me that I have to remove it manually, but I have no idea what that entails.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I always have legitimate Skype in Programs and Features. I am not sure what is wrong with your system except that the false version of Skype may have damaged something
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babyb00merAuthor Commented:
This all started when I decided I wanted to change the name that Skype was displaying for my account. While pursuing that goal, I discovered that I had multiple versions of Skype installed on my Windows 10 system.

The version listed in the Programs and Features was 7.27. There was an icon on my desktop labeled, "SkypeSetup." After launching that, I ended up with a version of Skype identified as 8.12 – although it didn't show up in the Programs and Features list. Regardless, I still couldn't find a way to make the change I wanted, so I thought the best course of action might be to start from scratch – that is, remove all remnants of Skype from my system and reinstall it.

Although I don't remember exactly what I had to do, I managed to remove version 8.12 from my system. That left version 7.27, which I removed by using the uninstall option of Programs and Features. Oddly enough, Skype persisted. Although there was no evidence in Programs and Features that Skype was installed on the system, I found an icon in the start menu and/or on the desktop. When I launched it, I was able to determine that it was version 7.36. Once again, there was no evidence in Programs and Features that Skype was installed. Incidentally, the phantom Skype installations were not showing up on the Windows 10 Apps & features page either.

It's not uncommon for people to suggest removing troublesome applications manually. Not being a Windows administrator, I'm not always sure how to do that. On this occasion, however, I found the following instructional video: https://youtu.be/Zo1RMSIuudk.

The process demonstrated in this video includes steps for modifying the Windows registry. I'm not familiar with the Windows registry, and am wary of tampering with it. I've heard horror stories. I create a system back up every night, so I was confident that, in the event of a catastrophe, I could restore the system within a couple of hours.

After completing the process described in the video, I restarted the system a couple of times. Then I went to the Microsoft store and installed the version of Skype I found there. Just as Mr. Hurst indicated, it is version 12.10.572.0. As attested to by some participating in this discussion, the user interface leaves much to be desired. Regardless, my original problem was resolved. Although the original username I created years ago is still associated with my account, the name that Skype displays to the public is the first and last name recorded in my profile – as John said it would be. I never actually found a way to change my "display" name, but that turned out to be a non-issue.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you for a very informative update
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