I just got a Windows 10 computer from my Dad. Nice, but I can’t stand the computer’s name. How can I rename the computer in Win10?
It’s surprising how complex it can be with some operating systems to rename a computer, but that’s simply because the name shows up in a number of different places while the system’s running. The easiest place to see it is when you’re connecting to a network as it’s used to identify that particular computer. On a day to day basis, it could show up in the login process, but once you’re logged in, it’s fairly invisible for most apps and tasks.
Still, I completely understand your desire to rebrand your Windows 10 computer or laptop to have the name you want, not the one your Dad used. I mean, WORKGROUP33 isn’t very glamorous. 🙂
More seriously, there are a couple of ways you can find the rename option, but the fastest starts with you doing a search for “about” to open up the About your PC window:
Click or tap on “About your PC” to proceed and a window opens up with lots of interesting details about your computer and, as it happens, the computer’s designated name:
Just under the Windows 10 logo you can see that this particular computer has the Harry Potter-inspired name “LEVIOSA“. Below that is the button “Rename PC”.
Click on the “Rename PC” button.
I could try to find another word out of the Potterverse, but… this time I’m just going to rename it “VirtuaPC” (short for Virtual PC, if you’re curious). I type it in, making sure I meet the naming rules of letters + numbers + hyphen and no other characters (e.g. no spaces) and click on “Next“…
Ah, okay, time to restart to make sure the new name “sets” and shows up everywhere in the operating system. If your otner program windows are properly shut down, click on “Restart now”, otherwise choose the “Restart later” option and shut everything down gracefully.
Done? Ready? Good. Restart! And now, when you do that same search for “About”, choose “System” from the matches, just to see yet another way to check this information. Here’s what you’ll see:
It’s a bit harder to see what’s what here, but the computer name is shown about half-way down the window: VirtuaPC. And the workgroup is ingeniously named WORKGROUP. But that’s another story…