Change the Display Name for Windows Live Users in SharePoint 2010 Claims Mode

When using Windows Live Claims based authentication in SharePoint 2010, the user display name comes across as the live Id, which is a bit ugly. You could set up a form / workflow to automatically prompt the user to change it, but for a quick demo, the following powershell works:

$user = get-spuser –web | where-object {$_.userlogin –like “*partofthewindowsliveidyou’relookingfor*“}
set-spuser $user.userlogin –displayname ‘new display name’ –web


Full details on setting up claims authentication using Windows Live ID can be found here:

Just be sure to see part 2 here:




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