Here is a one-liner that returns the resolved name from the current user’s SID:

([System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).User.Translate( [System.Security.Principal.NTAccount]).Value

You may be arguing it is easier to query the environment variable $env:username for this, which is true. However, converting a SID to name can come handy in many scenarios. For example, if you must know the exact (localized) name for a well-known account or group, like the local Administrators group, simply use the language-neutral SID and have it translated:

PS> ([System.Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier]'S-1-5-32-544').Translate( [System.Security.Principal.NTAccount]).Value


Likewise, the line below always lists local Administrators, regardless of which language your operating system uses:

$admins = ([System.Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier]'S-1-5-32-544').Translate( [System.Security.Principal.NTAccount]).Value
$parts = $admins -split '\\'
$groupname = $parts[-1]

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