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    Workgroup Name - Change in Windows 10

    Workgroup Name - Change in Windows 10

    How to Change Workgroup Name in Windows 10
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    How to Change Workgroup in Windows 10

    information   Information
    If your PC is on a large network at a workplace or school, it probably belongs to a domain. If your PC is on a home network, it belongs to a workgroup and might also belong to a homegroup.

    When you set up a network, Windows automatically creates a workgroup and gives it the name WORKGROUP. You can join an existing workgroup on a network or create a new one. Workgroups provide a basis for file and printer sharing, but they don't actually set up sharing for you.

    A workgroup is a group of PCs that are connected to a home or small office network and share resources, such as printers and files. When you set up a network, Windows automatically creates a workgroup and gives it a name.
    • All PCs are peers; no PC has control over another PC.
    • Each PC has a set of user accounts. To log on to any PC in the workgroup, you must have an account on that PC.
    • There are typically no more than twenty PCs in a workgroup.
    • A workgroup isn't protected by a password.
    • All PCs must be on the same local network or subnet.
    • All PCs in the workgroup must have a different computer name.
    • If your PC was a member of a domain before you joined the workgroup, it will be removed from the domain and your computer account on that domain will be disabled.


    This tutorial will show you how to change the workgroup name on your Windows 10 PC to join an existing workgroup on a network or create a new one.

    Note   Note
    If your network includes PCs running Windows XP, you might need to change the workgroup name on those PCs to match the workgroup name on the PCs running later versions of Windows so that you can see and connect to all PCs on your network.

    It is recommend that you use only Internet-standard characters in the workgroup name. The standard characters are the numbers 0 through 9, uppercase and lowercase letters from A through Z, and the hyphen (-) character. PC names cannot consist entirely of numbers, nor can they contain spaces. The name also cannot contain special characters, such as the following:

    ` ~ @ # $ % ^ & ( ) = + [ ] { } | ; : , . < > / ?


    CONTENTS:



    EXAMPLE: Workgroup name displayed in System and Settings
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    Workgroup Name - Change in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Workgroup Name - Change in Windows 10
    To Change Workgoup Name in System Properties

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 for how you want to open System Properties.

    2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 4 below.

    3. Open the (Win+X) Quick Link menu, click/tap on System, and go to step 4 below.

    4. Click/tap on the Advanced system settings link on the left side, or click/tap on the Change settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    6. Click/tap on the Computer Name tab, and click/tap on the Change button. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Select (dot) Workgroup under Member of at the bottom, and then do one of the following: . (see screenshot below)
    • To join an existing workgroup, enter the name of the workgroup that you want to join, and then click/tap OK.
    • To create a new workgroup, enter the name of the workgroup that you want to create, and then click/tap OK.

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    8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: This does not restart the computer yet.

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    10. Verify your new workgroup name, and click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    11. Click/tap on Restart now to restart your PC and apply the workgroup name. (see screenshot below)

    WARNING: This will restart your PC immediately. Be sure that you save and close anything you have open first.

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    Workgroup Name - Change in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Workgroup Name - Change in Windows 10
    To Change Workgoup Name in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Substitute Workgroup-Name in the command below with the actual name of the workgroup you want to join or create within quotes.


    Code:
    wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" call joindomainorworkgroup name="Workgroup-Name"


    3. When successfully finished, close the command prompt, and restart the computer to apply.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1607 Build 14393.693
       2016-01-15 #1

    Hello Shawn,

    Thanks for these great tutorials! I wonder if you have the time to put together a tutorial on "How to set up sharing between PC's in a WORKGROUP". I have all the Windows 10 PCs in our house set up on our private network as WORKGROUP. I see from your Information section that to connect to the other PCs I need to have my Microsoft account set up on each PC. But what about if I just want to share a file or printer with another user on another PC in the WORKGROUP - a tutorial on how to do that would be very useful. Can it be done with the WORKGROUP or does this need the addition of a HOMEGROUP to make it work?

    Many thanks,
    Phil
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 18,127
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15031
       2016-01-15 #2

    Hello Phil,

    While a homegroup does make it easier to share files between PCs on the same network, you can also share on the workgroup. The tutorial below for Windows 8 can help show you how to. It's the same in Windows 10.

    File Sharing - in Windows 8
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  3. philc43's Avatar
    Posts : 2,029
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1607 Build 14393.693
       2016-01-15 #3

    Many thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 18,127
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15031
       2016-01-15 #4

    You're most welcome.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 

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