This morning I received an email from Rudy, one of our readers about changing / renaming his Windows computer name. His question is a simple one which I receive often, so rather than answering it in the forum, I’ve decided to create this article to show how it’s done.
Steve, I changed the name in the ownership. How do I change the computer name using Window’s Vista?
The process has not changed since the Windows XP days so this covers changing the name in Vista through Windows 10. Don’t forget you need to be logged in with an account that has Administrator rights. These Steps also assume your computer is a member of a Workgroup, not a Windows Domain/Active Director (Corporate Network).
Click the Start Button and right-click Computer and select Properties.
Note: Like all things Windows, there are several ways to do the same thing. With Windows 7 and Vista, you can just type System and click System as shown to the right.
First, click Change Settings.
Click Change button under Computer Name Tab.
Type in the new name for your computer under Computer Name Field.
Once you complete Step 4 just click OK a few times. You will be prompted to reboot the computer and once your reboot is complete, your new computer name will be in effect.