By default, Windows uses pretty much weird names for every PC. You have probably noticed that your new computer named bears mostly unusable name like “DESKTOP-JN9DDK”. This is fine if you use one PC or do not care about names. Things are getting difficult if you have a few PCs with one Microsoft Account or within the one network. Luckily for our convenience Microsoft allows us to change PC name easily.
You need to note a few things before you start:
- Microsoft ties default computer name to your Account when you sign in during the OOBE (out-of-box experience). Although you can change the computer’s name later, the old name will still appear on the Microsoft Account website. To avoid this, we recommend setting up a PC with a local account, then rename PC using this manual and later sign in using Microsoft Account.
- If you have File History enabled, restoring backup changes the name of the computer to the one it had at the time of the backup creation.
- If you have Backup and Restore (Windows 7 Feature) enabled, changing the PC name creates new folders for your backups. Old backups remain available.
- This procedure requires Administrator access level.
How to Change Computer Name on Windows 10 using Settings?
This is a very simple procedure which takes only a few clicks and one reboot.
- Press Win + I or ask Cortana to open Settings. Prefer another way to open Settings? No problem. Use whatever you like.
- Go to System and scroll down to About section. This is the place where you can check your PC specification and rename computer.
- Click Rename this PC and enter the new name. You can use letters, numbers, and hyphens only. No space or any special symbol allowed.
- Press Next and reboot your PC. You may restart the computer later. In this scenario, the new name will be visible next to the old one.
How to Rename PC in Windows 10 using System Properties?
Now let us move to another option which allows renaming a computer not on Windows 10 only, but on Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7. Just like with the method above, you will be done in a couple of clicks and one restart.
- Press Win + E or use whatever method you prefer to launch File Explorer. In the navigation panel right-click This PC and select Properties.
- Locate the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings in the new window. Click Change settings.
- New System Properties window will pop up on the Computer Name tab. Locate the Change button and press it.
- In the Computer name field enter the new name you prefer. Click Ok and restart your computer.
How to Rename Computer in Windows 10 using Command Prompt?
This one is for advanced users. Not because it is very difficult or involves some rocket science, but because it uses the less user-friendly interface called Command Prompt. Two methods above are completely fine (Microsoft wants you to use them instead of Command Prompt), but if you want to feel like a pro renaming computers on Windows 10, consider this method also.
- Run Command Prompt as Administrator. To do this open Start Menu and enter cmd. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
- Enter the following command: wmic computersystem where name=”%computername%” call rename name=”NAME”. Instead of NAME enter the name you would like to give to your PC.
- Press Enter. The command prompt should tell you that command has been executed successfully.
- Restart your computer.