If you got your PC with a pre-installed Windows OS, the chances of you having a very generic name for your computer is quite high. If your computer is not connected to any network or if there is no scenario that your computer has to be identified through its name, it is fine to have a generic name. But if you need to identify your computer at all, then that gets difficult with a generic computer name.
Renaming your computer is quite an easy task and in this article, we explain you 5 different ways through which you can rename your computer.
Note: You can read our article here, to learn how to find out the current name of your computer.
Method 1: Change Computer Name via Settings App
Step 1: Launch the Settings app by pressing the WIN + I keys together.
In the left pane of the window, click on System. In the right pane, click on About.
Step 2: At the top of the About window, find and click on the button Rename this PC.
Step 3: Now in the Rename your PC window, type in the new PC name, in the corresponding text field, as shown below.
Click on the Next button once done.
Step 4: You have to restart your PC for the computer name to change. Either click on Restart now button to restart the machine right away. Or you can click on Restart later button if you want to perform the restart sometime later.
Method 2: Change Computer Name via Control Panel
Step 1:Press the keys WIN and R at once to open the Run window. Type in control and hit OK button to launch the Control Panel.
Step 2: In the Control Panel window, at the top right corner of the window, click on Category in the View by drop down menu and choose Small icons.
Step 3: Now find and click on the settings entry named System.
Step 4: You will now be redirected to the System About window. Here you need to click on the Rename this PC button just like how it was done in the previous method.
Step 5: Now, give a new name to your PC and hit the Next button.
Step 6: Your system needs to be restarted for the name of the PC to change. You can either restart your machine right away by clicking on the Restart now button or you can choose to restart it later by clicking on the Restart later button.
Method 3: Change Computer Name via Command Prompt
Step 1: Click on the Search icon in the taskbar.
Step 2: In the search bar, type in command prompt and click on the Run as administrator option.
Step 3: In the Command Prompt window, copy & paste the following command and hit Enter key.
wmic computersystem where name=”%computername%” call rename name=”YOUR-NEW-PC-NAME”
Note: Please make sure to replace “YOUR-NEW-PC-NAME” with the actual name that you wish to change your computer name to.
With your next restart, your PC’s name will change to the new name that you just gave.
Method 4: Change Computer Name via Windows PowerShell
Step 1: Right click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and click on the option Windows Terminal (Admin).
Step 2: When the Windows PowerShell launches, copy & paste the following command and hit Enter key.
Rename-Computer -NewName "YOUR-NEW-PC-NAME"
Note: Kindly replace “YOUR-NEW-PC-NAME” with the new PC name.
Restart your machine for the changes to take over.
Method 5: Change Computer Name via System Properties
Step 1: Launch the Run window by hitting the WIN and R keys together. Type in sysdm.cpl and hit the Enter key.
Step 2: In the System Properties window, click on the Computer Name tab.
As next, click on the Change button as shown below.
Step 3: In the Computer Name/Domain Changes window, under the text field for Computer name, type in the new PC name that you plan to give and then click on the OK button at the bottom.
Step 4: In the next step, click on the OK button.
Once you restart your machine, you can see that the name of your computer has changed to the new name that you just entered.
Changing the computer name is an operation that requires a system restart. So, for any of the methods mentioned in this article to work, you have to restart your machine.
The below screenshot is taken after I restarted my machine. Here you can see that my computer name has changed from TechieWriter to theGeekPage.
That’s it. Hope you found the article useful. Please tell us which method you followed.