How do I determine and change my computer's name?

Below is additional information about how to determine a computer's name through Microsoft Windows, MS-DOS, and Linux.

Determining the name of your computer through Windows
Determining the name of your computer through MS-DOS
Determining the name of your computer through Linux

Microsoft Windows users

Windows Vista, 7, and 8 users
Windows XP users
Windows 2000 users
Windows 98 and older users

Windows Vista, 7, and 8 users

  1. On the Desktop Right-click Computer.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. In the System Properties window you'll see the Computer name and Full computer name listed as shown in the picture below. If you to change the computer name or workgroup click the Change settings link to the right of the computer name.

Computer Name in Windows 8

Windows XP users

  1. On the Desktop Right-click My Computer or Computer.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window, click the Computer Name tab. Within this tab you'll be able to see the full computer name, workgroup, and also a description. If you want to change the name or workgroup, click the Change button.

Windows XP computer name

Windows 2000 users

  1. On the Desktop Right-click My Computer.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window, click the Network Identification tab. Within this tab you'll be able to see the full computer name as well as the workgroup you're using. If you need to change the computer's name, click the Properties button.

Windows 98 and older users

  1. Right-click the Network Neighborhood icon.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. In the Network Properties window, click the Identification tab. Within this tab you'll be able to view the computer name, workgroup, and description, as well as change any of this information.

MS-DOS and Windows command line

Use the ipconfig command to identify not only the name of the computer but also any other network information. At the MS-DOS prompt or Windows command line, type the below command to display all important network information.

ipconfig /all

Running the above command would give an output similar to the below information. As can be seen from the below output, the Host Name is the name of your computer. In the example below, our computer's name is hope. Because a lot of information is usually output when running this command, you may also need to scroll up to see this information.

Windows 2000 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : hope
Primary DNS Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.ut.comcast.net.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.ut.comcast.net.
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 3Com EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI For Complete PC Management NIC (3C905C-TX)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 11-22-33-44-55-66
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.44
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 111.222.333.444
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Friday, June 09, 2006 6:17:20 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Friday, July 21, 2006 10:17:20 AM

See the ipconfig command page for additional information about this command.

Alternatively you can use the net command to determine the computers name and workgroup. Below is an example of the command you'd use to determine this information.

net config workstation

Linux users

If you have super-user rights, you can change the computer's name by using the hostname command.

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