How to Change Your PC’s Name in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 30-11-2016

Did you know that every computer has a name? You might not have seen it, but your Windows machine has a name assigned to it. If you’ve never changed it, this name is likely the computer’s serial number or something generic. While this name doesn’t have much use if your computer isn’t part of a network, you still might want to change it to something more personal 7 Naming Tips for Your Hardware Devices: Routers, USB Drives, and More Need a unique name for your device? Here are some tips for coming up with good device names that are simple and memorable. Read More .


There are two ways to change your PC’s name in Windows 10. You can use the new Settings app, or do it the old-fashioned way using the Control Panel Why Microsoft Is Killing the Windows Control Panel The Control Panel is being decommissioned. In Windows 10, the Settings app has adopted most of its features in a more stylish and mobile-friendly interface. Is that really necessary? Read More .

To make the change in Settings, type Name into the Start Menu and click View your PC name. This will show you some basic information about your PC, including its current name at the top. Click the Rename PC button to choose a new name. The name can’t contain spaces or special characters, so use only letters, numbers, and hyphens.

To do the same via the Control Panel, type system into the Start Menu and open the System Control Panel entry. Under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings. This will open the System Properties dialogue.

Click the Change button on the Computer Name tab to enter a new name. The member of box will probably be set to WORKGROUP — you can leave this as is.

Once you’ve made the change using either method, you’ll have to restart your computer for the change to take effect.


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Did you want to change your computer’s name? Let us know the name you chose down in the comments!

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  1. klarkkent
    December 3, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Use "Windows 10" (no quote marks) for a computer name. Looks great at PC start up. Try it, you can always change it back, to something else.