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Rename the Computer

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use the procedures in this topic to provide computers running Windows Server??2008?R2, Windows??7, Windows?Server??2008, Windows?Vista?, Windows?Server?2003, and Windows?XP with a different computer name.

Procedures for renaming computers

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This topic provides procedures to rename computers running the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7?

  • Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

  • Windows?Server?2008 and Windows?Vista?

  • Windows?Server?2003 and Windows?XP

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

  1. Click on the the current computer name
  2. System Properties?will open. Click on?Change
  3. Type the new computer name and click on?OK
  4. A dialog box will pop up informing you to restart your machine so that changes take effect. Click?OK?and then Click on?Close
  5. Click?Restart Now
  6. After the machine reboot, logon again and check the computer name inside Local Server

Another method to change the computer name is using the charm bar to open?Server info.

  1. Using your keyboard, click on both keys together :?Window+i ,?then Click on?Server info
  2. The?System?window will open. Under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section, click on the?Change settings?option

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Membership in?Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform these procedures.

To rename computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

  1. Click?Start, right-click?Computer, and then click?Properties. The?System?dialog box opens.

  2. In?Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click?Change settings. The?System Properties?dialog box opens.

    noteNote
    On computers running Windows?7, before the?System Properties?dialog box opens, the?User Account Control?dialog box opens, requesting permission to continue. Click?Continue?to proceed.
  3. Click?Change. The?Computer Name/Domain Changes?dialog box opens.

  4. In?Computer Name, type the name for your computer. For example, if you want to name the computer AD-DNS-01, type?AD-DNS-01.

  5. Click?OK?twice, click?Close, and then click?Restart Now?to restart the computer.

Windows?Server?2008 and Windows?Vista

Membership in?Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform these procedures.

To rename computers running Windows?Server?2008 and Windows?Vista

  1. Click?Start, right-click?Computer, and then click?Properties. The?System?dialog box opens.

  2. In?Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click?Change settings. The?System Properties?dialog box opens.

    noteNote
    On computers running Windows?Vista, before the?System Properties?dialog box opens, the?User Account Control?dialog box opens, requesting permission to continue. Click?Continue?to proceed.
  3. Click?Change. The?Computer Name/Domain Changes?dialog box opens.

  4. In?Computer Name, type the name for your computer. For example, if you want to name the computer AD-DNS-01, type?AD-DNS-01.

  5. Click?OK?twice, click?Close, and then click?Restart Now?to restart the computer.

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Windows?Server?2003 and Windows?XP

Membership in?Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform these procedures.

To rename computers running Windows?Server?2003 and Windows?XP

  1. Click?Start, right-click?My Computer, and then click?Properties. The?System Properties?dialog box opens.

  2. Click?Computer Name, and then click?Change. The?Computer Name Changes?dialog box opens.

  3. In?Computer name, type the name for your computer. For example, if you want the computer named Client-01, type?Client-01.

  4. Click?OK. The?System Setting Changes?dialog box opens, indicating that you must restart the computer before the changes take effect.

  5. Click?OK, click?OK?again to close the dialog box, and then click?Yes?to restart the computer.

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