Choosing a name

How to change the PC name on Windows 10

Here are four different ways you can use to rename your Windows 10 PC name, including using the Settings app, System Properties, Command Prompt, and PowerShell.

Windows 10 Rename PC

Renaming your Windows 10 PC isn’t just about personalization, it’s about making things easier. We’re living in a time where we use multiple devices, which can include a combination of a desktop PC, laptop, tablet, and/or phone. If we don’t keep these devices organized, it’ll soon become difficult to manage the inventory and take advantage of additional features.

For example, on Windows 10, most people now use a Microsoft account to sign in. This type of account not only helps you to sign in to multiple devices with the same credentials, but it also allows you to keep an organized inventory, and access other perks, such as features to locate your device and the ability to re-activate Windows 10 after a hardware change. If you don’t rename your Windows 10 device accordingly, it’s difficult to use these features.

In addition, a name can help you identify your computer when you have multiple devices connected to your home network. With a descriptive name, it’s easier to connect with other devices around the house, or even to configure your router to allow or deny access to internet — just to name a few scenarios.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to change the name of a Windows 10 desktop PC, laptop, tablet, and phone using four different methods.

How to rename your Windows 10 PC using the Settings app

To change the name of your Windows 10 device using the Settings app, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on About.

  4. Click the Rename PC button.

    Windows 10 Settings app About section

  5. Enter the new name for your computer. You can use a combination of letters, numbers, and hyphens. Avoid any special characters, keep it short (less than 15 characters is always recommended), and don’t leave a space when you’re trying to use multiple words.

  6. Click Next.

    Windows 10 Rename Your PC

  7. Click Restart now to complete the task.

Remember that you can use the steps mentioned above to rename your Windows 10 Mobile phone as well.

How to rename your Windows 10 PC using System Properties

To change the name of your computer, like in the old days using Control Panel, do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on System and Security.

  3. Click on System.

    Control Panel System and Security

  4. Click on Change settings.

    Control Panel System Change settings

  5. On the Computer Name tab, click the Change button.

    Computer name tab, Change button

  6. Enter the new name for your computer. You can use a combination of letters, numbers, and hyphens. Avoid any special characters, keep it short (less than 15 characters is always recommended), and don’t leave a space when you’re trying to use multiple words.

  7. Click OK.

    Change computer name using System Properties on Windows 10

  8. Click OK again.

  9. Click Close.

  10. Click Restart Now to complete the task.

How to rename your Windows 10 PC using Command Prompt

To change your PC name on Windows 10 using command lines, do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (admin).

  2. Type the following command to know the current PC name and press Enter:

    hostname
  3. Type the following command to change the Windows 10 PC name and press Enter:

    WMIC computersystem where caption='CURRENT-PC-NAME' rename NEWPCNAME
    Note: It’s important to mention that you should use double quotation marks, or single quotation marks, on the caption switch, and even more important when you’re using a hyphenated name.

    Rename your Windows 10 PC using Command Prompt

  4. Restart your computer to complete the task.

How to rename your Windows 10 PC using PowerShell

Alternatively, you can also use PowerShell to rename your computer name — just use the following the steps:

  1. Open PowerShell (you must open the PowerShell as an administrator).

  2. Type the following command to know the current PC name and press Enter:

    hostname
  3. Type the following command to change the Windows 10 PC name and press Enter:

    RENAME-COMPUTER –computername CURRENT-PC-NAME –newname NEWPCNAME

    Rename your Windows 10 PC using PowerShell

  4. Restart your computer to complete the task.

While renaming a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet using the Settings app only works on Windows 10, you can use the System Properties and Command Prompt, and even PowerShell to change the name of a device all major releases of the operating system, including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and other versions.

How do you usually rename your PC name on Windows? Tell us in the comments below.