How to Change Your PC Name in Windows 10 (and More)

In this post, we’ll see the different methods to change PC name in Windows 10.

Also, we’ll look at the different ways to rename “This PC.” Let’s get started.

Change Your PC Name in Windows 10

Here, we’ll see two different ways to change your PC name in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

​Right-click on the “Start” button (or press Windows key + X) and then select “System.”

It will open up “About” section, and there you can see the “Rename this PC” button. Click on it.​

Rename this PC

​​Now, you can see a popup with the field to enter your new PC name. Enter the new name of your PC as per your wish.

Click on the “Next” button. If the name you entered contains the certain character(s) that are not allowed, then you can see an error message.

New PC name

​If the name ​contains allowed characters only, then you can see a popup with “Restart now” and “Restart later” buttons.​

Restart options

Pick the one you prefer. However, keep in mind that a restart is needed to apply the change.

After the restart, you can see the change.

New name showing on PC after the restart

Method #2

Launch Run Command. Type “sysdm.cpl” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.” It will open up “Computer Name” tab of “System Properties.”

Click “Change” button, and it will open up “Computer Name/Domain Changes” popup.

Under “Computer name,” you can see ​a field with the current computer name.​

Current PC name

​In that field, type the new name of your PC as per your wish.​

Provided new PC name

Click on the “OK” button. If the name contains the certain character(s) that are not allowed, then you can see a popup with an error message.

If the name contains allowed characters only, then it will bring a popup that states a restart is a must to apply changes. Tap “OK” in that popup, and then close the “System Properties.”

Now, you can see a popup with the “Restart now” and “Restart later” buttons. Pick the one you prefer.

Restart options showing in popup

​Moreover, after a restart, you can see the new PC name.

The new name is showing on PC

Rename This PC in Windows 10

Here, we’ll see three different methods to rename “This PC” in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Open the File Explorer.

Right-click on “This PC” in the left lane and you can see a popup menu.

Click on “Rename.”

Rename option is shown after right-clicking on This PC

Now, provide the name you want. In this instance, I am offering “Thiru’s PC Contents.”

After that, click on “Enter” key.

That’s all. The new name is successfully applied.

Thiru's PC Contents shown in File Explorer after renaming

Method #2

Launch Run Command. Type “shell:desktop” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Run Command Box with command to open Desktop folder

You should be in the “Desktop” folder now. Find and right-click “This PC.”

Select “Rename.”

Rename option shown in Desktop folder after right-clicking on the This PC icon

Provide the name as per your wish and then click “Enter.”

Renamed This PC with Thiru's PC Contents

Method #3

If you’ve already had “This PC” icon on the Desktop, then you can try it out the following steps:

Right-click on “This PC” icon on Desktop.

Select “Rename” option.

Rename option

Provide any name you want and then click “Enter” key.

Renamed This PC icon on Desktop showing new name

Note

Keep in mind that the rename will not affect the “This PC” option in “Open File Explorer to” drop-down list and Start menu (To see the option in Start menu: open Start menu and then find and open “Windows System” folder). Except for these places, the changes will get applied to other places.

Also see:

How to Open Settings App in Windows 10

​How to Find Computer Serial Number in Windows 10

How to Convert Wired Speakers into Bluetooth Speakers


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