Windows 10 Tutorials 37 – How to Rename Your PC

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Welcome to our series of tutorials on the Microsoft Windows 10 that help you understand the features of the upcoming Windows 10.

Today, we will help you learn how you can rename your PC in Windows 10.

Your PC (or actually any device) needs a name to identify itself and communicate with other PCs and devices on the same network.

Most of the time you don’t have to bother with naming your PCs (they do come with default names). You can change the default names easily to any name you like in Windows 10.

Tip: You should ideally keep your PC names short – around 10 characters. Keep a name that is easily recognizable. There is no need to thrown in special characters or digits or capital letters if you don’t want to. You can however use numbers (0-9) with uppercase or lowercase alphabets and hyphen (-). You can’t use numbers alone. Spaces or any other special characters like @ or $ are also not allowed.

You must be signed in as administrator to be able to change your PC name. Once done, use Settings to rename your PC:

  1. Open Settings, and click on the System icon.
  2. Click on About on the left side, and click on Rename PC on the right side.
  3. Type in a new name you want for your PC, and click on Next.
  4. New PC name will be applied once you restart your computer.

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You can use System option as well to rename your PC:

  1. Access System from Control Panel or through Win+x Power Menu
  2. From links on the left hand side, select Advanced system settings
  3. Click on the Computer Name tab and then click on the Change button
  4. Type in a new name you want for your PC, and click on Ok.
  5. Close the System Properties windows and restart your PC to apply new name.

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You can also use command prompt to rename your PC, use the following command:
wmic computersystem where name=”%computername%” call rename name=”your-PC-name-here”

In this tutorial, you learned how to rename your PC in Windows 10.

Go ahead and rename your PC now!

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