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 8 and Windows 10
Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows 98 and older

Viewing and changing the computer name in Windows 8 and 10

  1. Right-click on the Start button to get the Power User Task Menu.
  2. Click System.
  3. In the System Properties window, you'll see the "Computer name" and "Full computer name" listed as shown in the picture below.
  4. If you want to change the computer name, click the Change settings link to the right of the computer name.
  5. In the System Properties window, click the Change button. Enter a new Computer name in the window that opens.

Computer Name in Windows 8

 

Viewing and changing the computer name in Windows Vista and 7

  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.
  4. If you want to change the computer name, click the Change settings link to the right of the computer name.
  5. In the System Properties window, click the Change button. Enter a new Computer name in the window that opens.

Computer Name in Windows 8

Viewing and changing the computer name in Windows XP

  1. On the Desktop Right-click My Computer or Computer.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window, click the Computer Name tab. On this tab, you will see the Full computer name, Workgroup, and possibly a Computer description. If you want to change the Computer name, click the Change button and enter a new Computer name in the window that opens.

Windows XP computer name

Viewing and changing the computer name in Windows 2000

  1. On the Desktop Right-click My Computer.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window, click the Network Identification tab. On this tab, you will see the Full computer name and the Workgroup you're using. If you need to change the computer's name, click the Properties button and enter a new Computer name in the window that opens..

Viewing and changing the computer name in Windows 98 and earlier

  1. Right-click the Network Neighborhood icon.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. In the Network Properties window, click the Identification tab. On this tab, you will see the Computer name, Workgroup, and Computer description, as well as change any of this information.

Viewing the computer name in 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 will provide an output similar to the information below. 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.

Note: Because lots of information is shown in the output, 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 computer's name and workgroup. Below is an example of the command you'd use to determine this information.

net config workstation

Viewing and changing the computer name in Linux

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

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