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4 Methods to Rename (Change the Name of) a Windows 10 PC

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Introduction

This guide demos 4 methods you can use to change computer name for a Windows 10 PC. You can rename a Windows 10 PC from Windows 10 Settings or System Settings (Control Panel). You could also use PowerShell or command line.

Options to Change Computer Name for a Windows 10 PC

You can change computer name of your Windows 10 PC:

  • From Windows 10 Settings
  • Via System Settings
  • Using Windows PowerShell Command
  • Rename a Windows 10 PC with Command Line
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1
Change Computer Name from Windows 10 Settings

change computer name - rename a windows 10 pc

This is the new way you can change computer name in Windows 10.

Here are the steps:

  • Logon to the computer. Then right-click start menu. Then click System.
Change Computer Name from Windows 10 Settings
  • On the About settings, scroll down and and click Rename this PC.
Change Computer Name from Windows 10 Settings
  • At Rename your PC, Current PC Name:..field, type the new name for your computer. Then click Next.
  • To change computer name for your Windows 10 PC, click Restart now.

2
Change Computer Name from System Settings


If you ever renamed a Windows 7 PC, this was the common way to do it then – from System Settings or Computer Properties.

Here are the steps to rename your PC with this method:

  • Right-click Start Menu. Then click File Explorer.
Change Computer Name from System Settings
  • From File Explorer, right-click This PC. Then select Properties.
Change Computer Name from System Settings
You can also get to System Settings from Control Panel > System and Security > System.
  • When View basic information about your computer opens, locate Computer name. Beside it, click Change settings.
  • When System Properties opens, click Change – see the image below.
  • Then, on the Computer Name/Domain Changes screen, enter a new name in the Computer Name field. When you finish, click OK. At the You must restart your computer to apply these changes prompt, click OK.
  • When you are returned to System Properties, click Close. Then click Restart now.

3
Rename a Windows 10 PC with PowerShell

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You can also rename a Windows 10 PC with PowerShell.

Here are the steps:

  • Type PowerShell in the search bar. Then Right-click Windows PowerShell and click Run as administrator.
change computer name - Rename a Windows 10 PC with PowerShell
  • At the User Account Control prompt, click Yes.
  • At Powerhell prompt, type this sample command. Then press enter.
Rename-Computer -NewName "Win10PCInsider" -Restart

To use this command, change “Win10PCInsider” to the actual new name for your computer. When you press enter. The computer will be renamed and restarted.

change computer name - Rename a Windows 10 PC with PowerShell

You can also rename a remote computer with this sample PowerShell command:

Rename-Computer -ComputerName  "Current_PC_Name" -NewName "New_PC_Name" -DomainCredential DomainName\AdminUserName -Restart

4
Rename Windows 10 with Command Line

The last method in this guide is to demo how to change computer name of a Windows 10 PC with command line.

Here are the steps:

  • Type Command Prompt in the search bar. Then Right-click Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
 Rename a Windows 10 PC with Command Line
  • At the User Account Control pop up, click OK
Rename a Windows 10 PC with Command Line
  • At command prompt, type the command below. Then press enter.
WMIC computersystem where caption='current_computer_name' rename new_computer_name 

replace 'current_computer_name' and new_computer_name

For my demo, I used this actual command below:

WMIC computersystem where caption='Win10PCInsider' rename Win10Insider
  • Wait for the command to return “method execution successful”. Then type the command below this image to restart the PC.
Rename a Windows 10 PC with Command Line
Shutdown /r
  • You will receive a shutdown notification. Click Close then wait for the PC to restart.
Rename a Windows 10 PC with Command Line

Conclusion

You can change computer name with one of the 4 methods discussed in this guide.

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