How to Change Your Computer's Name in Windows 11 (2021)

Home How To How to Change Your Computer’s Name in Windows 11How to Change Your Computer’s Name in Windows 11

  • In the pop-up window that opens, type a new name for your PC, and click “Next“.

  • Finally, make sure you save all your work and then choose “Restart Now” to apply the name change.

Note: The Rename button doesn’t work for this option in Windows 11 Dev Preview build 22000.71.Method 2: Rename Windows 11 PC from About Section

There’s another way to change your computer’s name from within the Settings. Here’s how that works:

  • Go to Settings -> System as described earlier. Now, scroll down to the bottom on the right-hand pane and click on “About“.

  • On the next page, click on the “Rename this PC” button next to your PC’s current name.

You will then be presented with the same “Rename Your PC” pop-up window as seen in the previous method. As explained already, enter your desired PC name on the pop-up, click on “Next“, and select “Restart Now” to implement the name change.Method 3: Rename Windows 11 PC via System Properties

Before the GUI method(s) were introduced in Windows 10, the easiest way to change your computer name in Windows was to use the System Properties option. That method is still available in the latest version of Windows. Here’s how you use it:

  • Open the “Run” dialog box (Windows key + R), type sysdm.cpl, and hit Enter to open the System Properties window.

  • Make sure you are on the “Computer Name” tab, and then click on the “Change” button at the bottom.

  • Now, type in a new name for your Windows 11 computer and click “OK”.

  • You will then see a small pop-up saying, “You must restart your computer to apply these changes”. Click on OK.

  • Next, click the “Close” button to close the main System Properties window.

  • Finally, on the next pop-up window, click “Restart Now” to reboot your PC and apply the name change.

Method 4: Rename Windows 11 PC Using Command Prompt

The Command Prompt has long been the go-to destination for geeks to implement many changes in Windows. While it is now being deprecated by the Windows Terminal, the Command Prompt remains an essential part of Windows 11. You can still use it to rename your PC, and here’s how:

  • First off, open Command Prompt in Admin mode. To do that, search for “cmd” (without quotes) in the Windows search bar and select “Run as Administrator“.

  • Now copy+paste the following command into the Command Prompt window: wmic computersystem where name=\”%computername%\” call rename name=\”<new name>\”. Finally, hit “Enter“. You will get a message saying, “Method execution successful”. The new name will come into effect once you restart your computer.

Note: Replace <new name> in the command with the new computer name and retain the quotes. See the screenshot above to clear your doubts.Method 5: Rename Windows 11 PC Using PowerShell

Finally, we come to the PowerShell method of changing your computer name in Windows 11. It is also as easy as the Command Prompt method and doesn’t require a whole lot of technical know-how. Here’s how you do it:

  • Open Windows PowerShell in Admin mode. To do that, search for “powershell” in the Windows Search bar and select “Run as administrator“.

  • Now copy+paste the following command and press Enter: Rename-Computer -NewName \”xyz\”. Restart your PC for the change to take effect.

Note: Like the Command Prompt method, replace “xyz” with the name of your choice.Rename Your Windows 11 PC in a Few Simple Steps

So yeah, you can see that the process to change your computer’s name in Windows 11 is really easy, whichever method you choose. Now that you know how to do that, check out some other Windows 11 tutorials, including how to turn off notifications in Windows 11 and how to take screenshots in Windows 11. Finally, if you hate automatic updates as much as I do, check out how you can stop auto-updates on your Windows 11 PC.

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