When Windows is installed, it automatically assigns a name for your computer, that is used for all kinds of background processes and services. At times, you may need to change the name of your computer, for various reasons. For example, if you have to manage all your family computers, you need to give a specific name to each, so that you can tell them apart. Or, when you link many Windows 10 PCs with your mobile devices, the same issue applies. Here are three ways to change the computer name, in any version of Windows:
NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. If you do not know the version of Windows that you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed?
How to change the computer name in Windows 10, using the Settings app
If you are using Windows 10, open the Settings app. Then, click or tap System, and then choose About, on the left side column. Then, look to the right and scroll until you see your device specifications, and click or tap “Rename this PC.”
A new window opens, and you can see the current PC name. In the only text field that is available, type the new computer name that you want to use, and press Next.
You are informed that you need a restart to change the name of your PC. Choose “Restart now” or “Restart later,” depending on what you want.
After your Windows 10 system is restarted, the computer name is changed.
How to change the computer name in any versions of Windows, using the Control Panel
No matter what version of Windows you have, you can always use the Control Panel.
Open it, and go to System and Security, and then to System. Look for the existing computer name, and on its left, click or tap the “Change settings” link.
The System Properties window opens. In the Computer Name tab, click or tap the Change button.
Now you see the existing computer name. Type the new one that you want to use, in the Computer name field. You then notice that the OK button is no longer grayed out. Click on it.
You are informed that you must restart your computer to apply these changes. Press OK.
Close the System Properties window.
You are asked to choose whether you want to restart now or later. Make the choice you prefer. If you restart now, make sure that all your apps and files are closed, so that you do not lose your work.
After your Windows computer is restarted, the computer name is changed.
How to change the computer name in Windows 8.1, using the PC Settings app
If you are using Windows 8.1, open the PC Settings app. Then, click or tap PC and devices, and then choose PC info, on the left side. Then, look on the right and click or tap “Rename PC.”
Type the new computer name that you want to use and click or tap Next.
You are informed that, after you restart your Windows 8.1 system, the name will change to what you typed. Choose whether to restart now or later.
After Windows 8.1 restarts, the computer is renamed.
What is your new computer name?
The procedures that we shared should work well on any computer or device with Windows. If you have any issues, do not hesitate to comment below. Also, we are curious to know what is the computer name that you have chosen.