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How to Rename Your Windows 10 Computer

There are several reasons why you would want to rename your Windows 10 computer. If you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or upgraded from 8.1 to Win 10, the name you had will not change and come along during the update.

Or, if you purchase a new Windows 10 PC, the manufacturer will already have the PC named, and you might want to rename it to something more personal that allows you to manage your systems.

Whatever the reason you wish to rename your computer, there is a new way to do it via Windows 10 Settings, and the old way to do it still exists, too. Here’s a look at both ways to rename your Windows 10 computer.

Rename Windows 10 PC

Go to Settings > System > About and select the Rename PC button in the right column under PC.

Lenovo Rename

Then type the name you want to rename the computer.


Remember that you can’t have spaces and certain other characters, and if you try to use them, you’ll get the error message shown below.

no spaces

A restart is required and after coming back you’ll see the name has been changed.

PC Renamed

Rename PC the Old Way

While Microsoft wants the new Settings menus to take over Control Panel, you can still use the old way that you would rename it in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1.

To do it, right-click the Start button to bring up the hidden quick access menu and select Control Panel.

quick access menu hidden

Then find and select System. Then from the shot shown below, select Change settings under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup section.

Change Settings Windows 10 Control Panel

You can also get to this screen by right-clicking This PC and selecting Properties from the Context menu.

The System Properties screen will open with the Computer name tab already selected – click Change.

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Windows 10 System Properties Computer Name

Now type the new name you want in the Computer name box and click OK.

oldway rename

A restart will be required to complete the name change, and after that, you’re all set!

oldway restart

Speaking of reasons to rename your computer, if you have multiple PCs and devices, you can manage them on your Windows account page. Changing the names, and deleting old devices allows you to keep things in order.

Microsoft Account Devices

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One Response to How to Rename Your Windows 10 Computer

  1. N_D October 28, 2015 at 2:51 am #

    Hello, I had my PC set up to login automatically when I turned it on. After I renamed my PC using the Settings > System > About method, it now defaults to a duplicate user of my original account and says that the password is incorrect. I have to select my original account and put the password in to login. Is there any way to remove the duplicate account that isn’t logging in automatically? Alternatively, is there any way to automatically add the password to the duplicate account so I don’t have to put it in manually?

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