4 Best Ways to Change Computer Name in Windows 10
How do you identify your Windows 10 computer for connecting to it over a network? By its name. The device name is how you can connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Having an easy to identify computer name is important. But, default names assigned by Windows sound odd and are hard to remember. So, let’s learn how to change your computer’s name in Windows 10.
There are a few ways to change your computer’s name and we will discuss all of them below.
For clarity, the computer name is the overall hardware system name (desktop or laptop) and it is not the same as your user account name. Some Windows 10 users get confused between the two.
On your Windows-based laptop, you can create multiple user accounts for each family member and give them different names. This allows for multiple user accounts on one computer. However, the name of your Windows computer remains the same regardless of the user account you access it from. If you want to change the computer name, we can show you how. Keep reading.
Choosing Computer Name
Before giving your computer a new name, it’s important to consider certain naming convention rules prescribed by Microsoft. You are free to use alphabets (a-z) and numbers (0-9), but avoid special characters. However, the hyphen (-) is allowed. The name should be between 1 and 15 characters long. Additionally, note that Microsoft has reserved certain words that cannot be used.
Please note that changing the name of your computer will not affect the pathway of your user profile folder. For instance, C:\Users\old-name will remain the same, as it is a username and not the device or computer name.
Here you will find the settings to change, configure, and customize your Windows 10 computer.
To open Settings, press Windows key+I, then go to System > About and click on Rename this PC.
A blue-screen pop-up will appear where you can enter the new computer name, and you will also be shown the current name.
Step 3: Click Next and enter the admin password if prompted. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
2. Windows System Properties
There is another old-school way to change your computer’s name.
Search for Control Panel in the Start menu and open it.
Step 2: Navigate to System and Security > System > Advanced system settings (in the left sidebar) and select Change settings.
Step 3: Click on the Change button under the Computer Name tab in the pop-up that follows.
Step 4: Enter your desired computer name in the provided box.
Save and reboot your computer.
3. Command Prompt (CMD)
This method is for power users who prefer the Command Line Interface (CLI). If you’re not comfortable with the command prompt, you can skip this trick.
Step 1: Search for CMD in the Start menu and run it as administrator.
Step 2: Execute the command below to rename your computer. Replace “Computer-Name” with the desired name.
wmic computersystem where name=”%computername%” call rename name=”Computer-Name”
This command will change the name of your computer.
Wait for the command to run and then reboot your computer to implement the changes.
PowerShell is the advanced version of the Command Prompt and is set to replace it in the future. Get used to it now.
Step 1: Search for PowerShell in the Start menu and open with admin rights. Use the shortcut Windows key+X to open a hidden menu.
Review and edit:
Step 2: Type the command below and press Enter. Replace the last part with the name you want to give your computer. Rename-Computer -NewName “Computer-Name”
Restart your computer. That’s it.
Now that you know different ways to name your Windows 10 computer, you should assign a name to it. Enterprise computers, on the other hand, are connected to a system and have multiple admin-level apps that rely on the computer’s name. If you are unable to change the name, it’s best to send an email to the IT admin.
In earlier versions of Windows, users were asked to choose a name during installation. However, this is no longer the case with Windows 10. Changing the computer name may require you to reconnect Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi, but it’s a quick process that won’t take much time. You can do it as you use the devices.
You can try any of the tricks mentioned above. If one doesn’t work, there’s always another on the list. Still struggling with changing the computer name? Getting the ‘computer name is invalid’ error? Click the link below for a solution.
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