Windows 10: Computer name?


  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Enterprise
       17 Aug 2015 #1

    Computer name?


    I just noticed when checking my router that my Windows 10 computer is named something like DESKTOP-XXXXXX, where X is a bunch of random letters and numbers. Then I remembered that unlike with Windows 8.x, setup (in the clean install sense) never asked me to enter a name for the computer...

    As I have several more PCs that I need to install Windows 10 on, I'm wondering if I missed something during installation. Or are these autoassigned names simply the new norm for Windows 10, and I'll just have to go into System to change it post-installation?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 22,835
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
       17 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello Raident,

    You didn't miss anything. There's not an option in Windows Setup to enter a computer name. It would need to be changed afterwards.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 1,713
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       17 Aug 2015 #3

    I wonder that this change of computer name from the default given on setup to a meaningful (to me) name, may be the reason for my insider status becoming unavailable with error 0x80310052, or failure of re-activation of a build that was apparently already activated on clean install.
    https://account.microsoft.com/devices indicates that the computer name and MSA are part of the registration of the PC with the insider program.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 5,101
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.483
       17 Aug 2015 #4

    My computer names were already set the way I wanted when I did the upgrades and I have not tried a Clean Install yet (don't see any reason too as everything is working as it should so far).

    If what you stated is true that's a bad design, to base some registration of identification on something that can be changed by the user.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    17 Aug 2015 #5

    I do not believe the Windows Insider program is linked to computers. It is linked to your Microsoft account. If you sign in with the same account on each computer it should be on the Insider program.

    However, there is a configuration you can change that will keep you from getting Insider updates from Windows Update. If you disable feedback in settings the system will not allow you to select Windows Insider updates. Go to Settings-Privacy-Feedback&diagnostics and see what your setting are there.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 5,101
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.483
       17 Aug 2015 #6

    On a global Insider basis I agree, but not down at the individual computer level. Each one has a generated hash that is stored with the computer somewhere in Microsoft-land. If the computer name is changed, what impact does that have on that specific computer.

    Fafhrd's conjecture is that this may have contributed to the failure to reactive on a clean install since he changed the computer name.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 17 Aug 2015 at 21:30.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    17 Aug 2015 #7

    Ztruker said: View Post
    On a global Insider basis I agree, but not down at the individual computer level. Each one has a generated has that is stored with the computer somewhere in Microsoft-land. If the computer name is changed, what impact does that have on that specific computer.

    Fafhrd's conjecture is that this may have contributed to the failure to reactive on a clean install since he changed the computer name.
    Presumably all that needs to be done is login to the computer with the proper Insider login credentials and you can reset your Insider updates in Windows Update. I don't see a reason why changing the computer name would cause an error or failure.

    To the Windows Insider program it ought to just look like a new computer.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 5,101
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.483
       17 Aug 2015 #8

    hiphopper said: View Post
    To the Windows Insider program it ought to just look like a new computer.
    Exactly! And a new computer must do an upgrade before it can do a Clean Install, thus the error.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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