How to rename a Windows 10 PC

All the IT devices that you use these days come with a default name. You can keep on using this name but it is always considered good to rename your PC according to your own choice. Windows 10 provides you with the facility to personalize your PC. This not only gives an independent identification to your device but also enables you to recognize your device within a network of hundreds and thousands of devices. In this article, we will explain to you the methods through which you can rename your PC using Windows 10.

Four Methods of Renaming a PC in Windows 10

For renaming a PC in Windows 10, you can make use of any of the following methods:

Method # 1: Rename PC through Windows Settings

In this method, we will tell you how you can rename your PC using Settings application in Windows 10. For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:

Type settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the Settings window. It is shown in the following image:

Open Windows Settings

Now click on the System tab located at the top left of the image shown above. The system settings window is shown in the image below:

System Tab

Click on Projecting to this PC.

Projecting to this PC

After this, click on rename your PC as shown in the following image:

rename your PC

The About window will pop up which is shown in the image below. From this window, click on Rename this PC.

About Window

As soon as you will click on this, the Rename your PC window will pop up showing your current PC name. Here, you can give any name for your PC depending upon your choice. In this example, I have given the name Ayesha1 to my PC as shown in the image below:

Type in the new PC name

After giving a suitable name to your device, click on Next.

Finally, click on Restart Now to change the name of your PC.

Restart PC

Method # 2: Using Windows Control Panel

In this method, we will tell you how you can rename your PC using the Control Panel application in Windows 10. For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:

Type control panel in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the Control Panel window as shown in the following image:

Windows Control Panel

Click on System and Security tab.

Then click on System tab as shown in the image below:

System and Security > System

After this, click on Change settings. It is shown in the following image:

Change settings

Now click on the Change button as shown below:

Click on the Change Button

Now you can give any name for your PC. In this case, I have renamed my PC as Ayesha2 as shown in the following image:

Enter the new PC name

After setting a suitable name for your PC, click OK. Windows 10 will prompt you to restart your PC for saving the Settings. Just click on OK to proceed.

Restart PC

Method # 3: Rename PC trough command prompt

In this method, we will tell you how you can rename your PC using the Command Prompt in Windows 10. For doing this, you need to proceed as follows:

First, you will need to launch the Command Prompt with administrative privileges. In order to do so, type run in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the Run window.

Windows Command prompt (run)

Type cmd in the text box corresponding to the Open field and click OK.

Run cmd

As soon as you will click on OK, the Command Prompt window will pop up with administrative privileges. It is shown in the following image:

Windows command prompt opened

Type the command hostname and press enter in order to know the current name of your PC as shown in the image below:

Run hostname command

Now type the following command and press enter

WMIC computersystem where caption=’X’ rename Y

Here, X represents the current name of your PC and Y is the new name for your PC. In this example, I have replaced X with Ayesha2, which is the current name of my PC and I have replaced Y with Ayesha3, which is going to be the new name for my PC. It is shown in the image below:

Use wmic command to rename the PC

As soon as you will press enter, Windows 10 will display the message of successful method execution as shown below:

Computer name renamed successfully

Now you just need to restart your PC for saving these changes.

Method # 4: Use PowerShell to rename PC

In this method, we will tell you how you can rename your PC using the Power Shell in Windows 10. For doing this, you need to perform the following steps:

First, you will need to launch the Power Shell with administrative privileges. For doing this, press Windows+ X to launch the Power User menu.

Launch PowerShell menu

From the Power User menu, click on Windows Power Shell (Admin). This will launch the Power Shell window with administrative privileges as shown in the image below:

Power Shell window with administrative privileges

Type the command hostname and press enter to know the current name of your PC as shown in the following image:

Run hostname command

Now type the following command and press enter

rename-computer -computername X –newname Y

Here, X is the current name of your PC and Y is the new name for your PC. In this example, I have replaced X with Ayesha2 and Y with Ayesha3 as shown in the image below:

Use rename-computer command

As soon as you will press enter, Windows 10 will display a warning saying that the changes will take effect only when you will restart your PC. It is shown in the image below:

Execute the rename-computer PowerShell command

Now just close the Power Shell window and restart your PC in order to save the changes.

Conclusion

By following any of the four methods listed above, you can personalize your PC by changing its name any time you want. All of these methods work perfectly fine but just in case you find it troublesome to follow any of the methods, you will still have three other options, which are easy and simple to use.

How to Rename a PC in Windows 10
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