Computer Tips

3 Ways to Rename your Computer

Typically you are instructed to name your machine at the same time as you pick your user name as you install Windows. When you purchase a device from a store that is already installed on Windows, though, it will most likely already be branded for you with a generic name, for example DESKTOP-854217, and this doesn’t work so well if you have a home network.

Fortunately, renaming the machine in Windows is very simple and there are many ways to do it and in this article we are going to go through 3 of it. The methods are somewhat different depending on which version of Windows you have on your computer, as the start menus vary between Windows 7, 8 and 10.

The first method is the oldest and involves only the right-click of the Start, My Computer, This PC or something that the Windows version is calling it and then the Properties. The first method is the one you use.

It is the most popular way for Windows 7, but you won’t look like this if you have Windows 7 or Windows 10 with a regular Inbox screen. In order to have a start menu of Windows 7 models, you can install something like Classic Shell.

You can see your current machine name until you’re in the operating device assets that you can get to from the Control Panel. Click on the Change Settings link to update your device name.

Then you press and type the new machine name on the change button and then you press OK and OK.

You will then be asked to restart your machine to make adjustments and may say ‘yes,’ or else do so. Please notice that the change of name will not be enforced until you restart.

You can click on the gear icon and then scroll down on Device and the scroll below on left and press On whether you run Windows 10 without Classic Shell, and use the default Start Menu.

A button called rename this PC will appear there. When you click on it, you are asked to enter the new name of your machine with a tab.

After you’ve typed the new name, please press Next and your computer will start again just like the other way is and you will be able to start over again later.

The last thing you can do to change your PC’s name is to exercise the command prompt. To start the command prompt, click the Start and choose Run as administrator (or Windows 10 from Cortana) button, type in cmd, and, if you see the cmd icon, right-click on it.

This is the command to update the name of our machine:

WMIC computersystem where caption=’current_pc_name’ rename new_pc_name

You can just replace current pc name with the current name of the machine. In our case, therefore, Win10 and replace new pc name with your new name. So let’s type this for example:

WMIC computersystem where caption=’Win10’ rename Desktop

As you see, the execution of the process has a positive value of 0. If it is 5, it would mean it, even though it still said progress, you did not open the command prompt as an administrator. Your machine name will be updated again, and then you will need to reboot. A fast way to confirm this is to restart (you don’t have to be as an administrator) the command prompt, enter the hostname and reveal your new name.


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