Can I change Monitor(s) Names?

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  1. Posts : 589
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Can I change Monitor(s) Names?


    Hello ALL:
    We have a system with 2 monitors...actually they are about the same 22 inch ACER Monitors. My wife wants to change the names to LEFT and RIGHT, but one shows as Generic. Is there a way to change the NAME of each?
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  2. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Since I only have a single monitor, where does this name show up? Knowing that may allow us to help.
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  3. Posts : 589
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    OH, I can see the name in Control Panel and even Device manager. The NVIDIA Control panel even shows the same name so I just wonder if, in something like device manager Windows lets you change the Monitor name(s). I guess this would even apply if you even had just 1 monitor.
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  4. Posts : 809
    Win10
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    Are you talking about these names?

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    They are taken from the driver. Maybe you can modify the names by hacking the registry (TUTORIAL: How to change device names in Device Manager - not sure if this even works anymore) but not through any normal method.

    What is your purpose for changing them? Windows doesn't even use them when you're adjusting display settings.

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  5. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #5

    If it's a matter of Which one is which, just click the 'Identify' button, it'll show which one is which instantly.

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  6. Posts : 12,430
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    I've noticed that Windows gets the monitor name/brand/model number from the monitor itself, seems to be pretty smart in determining the hardware it has to work with. I have never had to install the disc that comes with a new monitor, used to with older monitors for critical color matching.

    I had Win7 on an HP Desktop and it didn't get the monitor name but I used the free Upgrade just yesterday to go to Win10 and it shows the Monitor's name now.
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  7. Posts : 809
    Win10
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    Berton said:
    I've noticed that Windows gets the monitor name/brand/model number from the monitor itself, seems to be pretty smart in determining the hardware it has to work with. I have never had to install the disc that comes with a new monitor, used to with older monitors for critical color matching.

    I had Win7 on an HP Desktop and it didn't get the monitor name but I used the free Upgrade just yesterday to go to Win10 and it shows the Monitor's name now.
    That probably came as part of the automatic driver updating in Windows Update. It got the driver for one of my monitors but not the other.
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  8. Posts : 589
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    Yes, my wife just wants to have the monitor identified in software like Winstep instead of the Monitor Name for 1 and the other says generic, even though both should be the same.
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  9. Posts : 589
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    PolarNettles said:
    Are you talking about these names?

    Can I change Monitor(s) Names?-image.png

    They are taken from the driver. Maybe you can modify the names by hacking the registry (TUTORIAL: How to change device names in Device Manager - not sure if this even works anymore) but not through any normal method.

    What is your purpose for changing them? Windows doesn't even use them when you're adjusting display settings.

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    Yes, that is what she sees.
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  10. Posts : 589
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    I see the name change tutorial is for Windows 8. Do you know if it will work in Win10? Also, BOTH Monitors are ACER AL2216W monitors. However, the 2nd one just says Generic in Device manager. I wonder if I should tell the second one to scan for new hardware. Strange that the first one shows an ACER driver and the 2nd one just shows a generic Microsoft driver.
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