How to Change Your PC Name in Windows 10

In this post, you will see:

  • How to change your Windows 10 PC name
  • How to rename This PC in Windows 10
  • How to change the account name in Windows 10

Let’s start.

How to change your Windows 10 computer name

Method #1

Right-click on the Start button.

In the Power user menu, select the “System” option that you will find between the “Event Viewer” and the “Device Manager.”

This will open the About section and you will see the current PC name next to the Device name.

Click on “Rename this PC.”

Now you will see a pop-up with the field to enter the new PC name. Specify the new name according to your wishes.

Click the “Next” button. You will see a pop-up with an error message if the name contains a certain unallowed character(s).

If the name contains only the allowed characters, you will see a pop-up with the “Restart now” and “Restart later” buttons.

Choose the one you prefer, but remember that a reboot is required to implement the change.

After the reboot, you will see the change.

Method #2

Open the System Properties window.

Click the “Change” button and the “Computer Name/Domain Changes” pop-up window will open.

Under the “Computer name” you will see a field with the current computer name.

Enter the new name according to your wishes in this field.

Click the “OK” button. You will see a pop-up with an error message if the name contains a certain unallowed character(s).

If the name contains only the allowed characters, a pop-up appears saying that a reboot is needed to apply the changes.

Tap OK on that pop-up and then close “System Properties.”

You will now see a pop-up with the buttons “Restart Now” and “Restart Later.” Select the desired one.

After the reboot you will see the new PC name.

Method #3

Launch elevated Command Prompt.

Enter the following command – hostname.

Press the Enter key. Now you can see the current name of your computer.

Enter the following command and then press the Enter key: WMIC computersystem where caption=’currentpcname’ rename newpcname

In the above command, replace the currentpcname with your current PC name and newpcname with the name you want to give to your computer.

That’s it. Restart your PC.

Method #4

Open elevated PowerShell.

Enter the following command and then press Enter: Rename-Computer -NewName “newpcname”

In the command above, replace the newpcname with the name you want to give to your computer.

That’s it. Reboot your PC.

How to rename This PC in Windows 10

You can rename This PC in three unique ways, and they are:

Method #1

Open File Explorer.

Right-click on “This PC” in the navigation pane.

Click on the “Rename” option in the context menu.

Enter the desired name.

Click on the “Enter” button.

Method #2

Start Run Box. Enter shell:desktop and then press the “Enter” key.

Right-click on “This PC” in the “Desktop” folder.

Select the “Rename” option from the context menu.

Enter your desired name and then click the “Enter” key.

Method #3

If you already have This PC icon on your desktop, you can follow the steps below:

Right-click on the “This PC” icon on the desktop.

Click on the “Rename” option in the context menu.

Enter the name and then click on the “Enter” button.

Note: Note that the above methods do not affect This PC in the drop-down list “Open File Explorer to” and in the Start menu. To see the shortcut in the Start menu, open the Start menu and then expand the folder “Windows System.” But you can see the change in all other places.

How to change your user account name in Windows 10

Here are the steps to change both the local and Microsoft account name in Windows 10.

How to change your Microsoft account name

Open the Settings app.

Hit Accounts.

Click Manage my Microsoft account link.

You now need to sign in to your Microsoft account.

After that, hit Your info at the top.

Click Edit name.

Enter the name. Enter the Captcha.

Press the Save button.

That’s it. Restart your computer.

Read: How to open Computer Management

How to change the local account name

Method #1

Open the Control Panel.

Click the User Accounts link. Click the User Accounts link.

Click Change your account name.

You will need to enter the admin password if your account is not an “administrator” type.

Now enter the name and click on the Change Name button.

Sign out and you will see the change.

Read: How to enable built-in administrator account

Method #2

Open the Run Box.

Type netplwiz and then press Enter.

You will need to enter the admin password if your account is not an “administrator” type.

Select your user name in the User Accounts pop-up window.

Hit Properties.

Enter the new name in the “User name” field if the “Full name” field is empty. Otherwise, do any of these:

  • Enter the name in the User name field and clear the Full name field.
  • Enter the same name in both the fields.

Remember that you can have a different name in both the fields and in that case, Full name is displayed on the sign-in screen and User name is displayed in other places.

Press the OK button. Press the OK button.

Sign out and you will see the change.

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