How To Change Computer Name In (Windows 11, 10, 8.1 & 7)

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In our previous blog, you learned about how to rotate the screen on a Windows computer. Today, in this blog you are going to have in-depth knowledge about how to change computer name in Windows 11, and Windows 10.

Let’s start and learn in 2 minutes about how to change computer name in Windows.

How to Change Computer Name in Windows 11

As we know that Windows 11 is the current version of the Windows operating system, so we will begin our tutorial first, by explaining the steps on Windows 11 and consequently, we will go in-depth on Windows 10, 8, 7, and so on.

STEP 1:  Go to the “Start” button or Click on the “Search” bar available at the bottom of the taskbar. A small screen will appear when you click either of the buttons.

STEP 2:  Type “Settings” on the search bar that appears at the top of the small screen. The shortcut key to open or enter directly into the “Settings” tab is [Win] + I.

STEP 3: On clicking the “Settings” apps you will enter the “System” tab.

STEP 4:  Now click the link “Rename” which is just below your PC’s current name.

STEP 5:  In the “Rename your PC” window, enter the desired name you want for your computer.

STEP 6: Click the “Next” button.

STEP 7:  To apply the change, click “Restart now” straightway or “Restart later”, if you want to save your work before rebooting your PC.

This is the quickest way to rename a computer in Windows 11. The other ways to rename computer names in Windows is via command prompt, system properties, or control panel which we will discuss in our frequently asked question category.

How to Change The Computer Name in Windows 10

Windows 10 is the second latest version of Windows. To change your PC name in Windows 10, given below are the shortest and quickest approaches to change the PC name.

STEP 1: Select the start button (4 flagged windows key).

STEP 2:  Click “Settings” and then go to “Systems”.

STEP 3:  Under the “System” tab, click “About”.

Full path: Start > Settings > System > About.

STEP 4: Now select the “Rename PC” button in the right column under PC.

STEP 5: Enter a new name and then hit the “Next” button.

STEP 6: Select Restart now or Restart later.

Since this guide is to let you know about the quickest way to rename a computer. That is the reason we are not describing the other 2 methods of renaming computer names in Windows computers.

How to Change Computer Name in Windows 8.1

STEP 1: To change your PC’s name, move your mouse to the lower right corner to bring up the Charms bar.
STEP 2: Click “Settings” and then “Change PC settings”.
STEP 3:  In the left column select “PC and devices” and then click “PC info”.
STEP 4:  To the right, you can see your PC’s current name. Below that click the “Rename” button.
STEP 5: Now type the name you want to use for your PC using only letters, numbers, and hyphens.
STEP 6:  When you finish click “Save” and then click “Restart now” to restart your computer. When your computer comes back up your PC name will be changed.

How to Change Computer Name in Windows Older Version (Windows 7 & Vista, XP,2000)

If you are from an old school and still prefer the older version of Windows computer as compared to the new one then don’t worry, here we are including the correct procedure for changing the computer’s name in an older version of Windows computer (such as Windows 7 and Vista).

To change the PC’s name in Windows 7 and Vista operating systems, follow the below set of instructions.

STEP 1:  Click the “Start” button.
STEP 2:  Go to the “computer” and right-click with your mouse.
STEP 3: Now go to “Properties” and then click “Advanced system settings” on the left panel.

Note: For Windows XP, You would need to go up to “Properties”, then you would need 
to click on the “Computer Name” tab and then the “Change” button, and then 
under “Computer name” delete the old computer name and type the new name. 
Click “OK” two times and then click on “Yesto restart your computer.

STEP 4: Once you click the “Advance system settings”, a small system window will appear in front of you. Now click “Computer Name” available under the system window.
STEP 5:  To rename the computer click the “Change” button and change your computer name.
STEP 6: Once you rename your Windows 7 or vista computer, click “OK” and restart your computer to see your computer’s name.

Note: The other method to rename your computer in Windows 7 or vista is through the control panel. To do click the “Start button” and click on “Control panel”. Under the control panel double click “System” and within the System on the left click on “Advance system settings.” Rest follow STEP 5, and 6 discussed above in order to rename computer in Windows 7 and Vista.

 Frequently Asked Question

  1. How do I rename my computer using System properties?

    To rename your computer using the command prompt Press Win + R button simultaneously to open the Run dialog box. After that type, in “sysdm.cpl” in the box and then click “OK”. Now in the “Computer Name” tab, click the “Change” button. Finally, In the computer name field replace the old name with the newer one. Now click on “OK”. To see the change, restart your PC.

  2. How do I rename my Windows 11 computer using the Setting App?

    To rename your Windows 11 computer using the settings apps, follow this set of instructions carefully. First of all, press [Win] + I, to open the Setting App. Now in the “System” tab, click the “Rename” link. Finally, in the “Rename your PC” window, enter your new name and click “Next”. At last, click “Restart now” to see the new PC name.

  3. How do I rename my Windows 11 computer using CMD/Command Prompt?

    Press Win + X or right-click the Start button. Now select “Terminal (Admin)” from the list shown. Once the pop-up named “User Account Control ” appears, click the “Yes” button. Now enter the command wmic computersystem where name=”%computername%” call rename name=”NewName” to change the Windows 11 name.

To Sum Things Up

This guide was created on behalf of those who are looking for an up to date information or a guide on Windows computers. Today, in this guide, our mission was to show you the quickest and easiest way to change computer names in Windows computers including Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP, and Windows 2000.

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