How to Name Your Computer

Normally, your computer comes with a name that is not particularly user-friendly. There is nothing wrong with this; your computer will continue to function normally; however, it may be difficult to identify it on the network. It’s also pretty cool to give your computer a unique name. If you want to rename your computer, simply follow the instructions in this article.

Method 1 Windows 10

1. Open the Settings menu. Click Start, and then Settings to open it.

2. Navigate to System Settings. Choose the System option. On the left-hand side of the window, you should see a new page with a series of different menu options. Click “About” in this menu. It should be the last option on the list.

3. Rename your computer. The Rename this PC button should be available in the About menu. When you click this button once, a small box should appear. Then type in the name.

Please keep in mind that your PC name can contain letters, hyphens, and numbers, but no spaces.

4. Start your computer again. After entering a new name, click the Next button and wait a moment. Then you’ll be asked if you want to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. When you click the Restart Now button, the PC will be renamed after it restarts.

Click Restart Later instead if you want to skip the restart process.

Method 2 Windows 8 and 7

1. Launch the Start menu. Click or press the Win key to access the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

2. Type windows explorer into Start. You should see a folder icon appear at the top of the Start window.

3. Navigate to Windows Explorer. It’s the folder-shaped icon at the very top of the Start screen. This will launch the Windows Explorer app.

4. Right-click “This PC”.

5. Click “Properties”. It’s at the bottom of the menu.

6. Change settings by clicking the button. It’s next to a shield icon next to the current name of your computer. This brings up the System Properties window.

7. Click Change…. It’s the last button on the “Computer Name” tab.

8. Type a new computer name into the field.

9. Click OK. A pop-up message will appear, letting you know that you’ll have to restart your PC.

10. Click OK.

11. Click Close. It’s at the bottom of the window.

12. Restart your PC. Once Windows restarts, the new name will be applied.

Method 3 Mac OS

1. Click menu. It’s at the top-left corner of the screen.

2. Click “System Preferences…”. It’s near the top of the menu.

3. Click “Sharing”. It’s the blue folder icon with a diamond-shaped street sign inside.

4. Type a new computer name into the field.

5. Press ⏎ Return. The name of the computer is now updated.

Method 4 Ubuntu

1. Open the run dialog. To do this, press the Alt+F2 buttons on your keyboard.

2. Open the Gnome text editor. Type gksu gedit /etc/hostname into the run dialog.

3. Enter your password.

4. Fill in the blanks with a name. Gedit, a new window, will appear. In some cases, it will say ‘PC,’ but this is not always the case. Replace the text with the name you want.

5. The file should be saved. You can do so by clicking the ‘Save’ icon or by pressing Ctr+S. After that, exit Gedit.

6. Open the Run dialog again. Press the Alt+F2 buttons on your keyboard.

7. Update the name in the Hosts file. Type in the following command: gksu gedit /etc/hosts. Then, press ↵ Enter

8. Enter your password. After you press Enter you will be asked for your password. Type the password and then press ↵ Enter.

9. In the Hosts File, enter your name. After 127.0.0.1, you’ll see an entry with your old computer name in the file that opens. Replace this name with the name of your new computer.

10 Save the file. You can do that if you click on ‘Save’ icon or by pressing Ctr+S. After that, close Gedit.

11. Restart your computer. This will update the computer name.

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