This morning I received an email from Rudy, one of our groovyReaders about changing / renaming his Windows 7 computer name. His question is a simple one which I receive often so rather than answering it in the forum like I normally do, I’ve decided to just write-up a quick How-To to answer Rudy’s question.
MrGroove, I changed the name in the ownership. How do I change the computer name using Window’s Vista?
The process has actually not changed since the Windows XP Days so this How-To covers both Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. 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 Start Button, Right Click Computer and Click Properties
Note: Like all things Windows, there are several ways to do the same thing. With Vista, you can also just type System and Click System as shown below.
Click Change Settings
Click Change button under Computer Name Tab
Type New Name for 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.