Windows 10: Change Computer Name in Windows 10  

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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #10

    Hi Brink

    I used Option 1 to change the name and that worked, however when I open up my home network the list contains both the new name as well as the old. If I select the old it is not found and asks to check it is connected. Can I remove this from the list of items?
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  2. Posts : 23,623
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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       07 Aug 2015 #11

    Hello solpuerto,

    If you have a router, you may need to power cycle it.

    Did you restart the PC afterwards?
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  3. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       07 Aug 2015 #12

    That's a good point there! Shawn A lot will depend on how you cnnnect since even a modem may need to resync with the ISP if the connection is lost for some reason other then a hardware problem. There are two ways right to get things to refresh themselves.

    1) As mentioned recycling power not only on the router if a separate one is present as many modems are combination modem/WiFi modems being provided by the service provider such as a cable company that offers cable tv, internet, and phone. The modem will either be unplugged or will have a reset button. With three things modem, router and pc you first shut down entirely, unplug the router which typically see a small plug leading to an ac adapter and then reset or unplug the modem.

    After a good half to full minute passes by you first replug the modem if not simply having pressed the reset button, wait so long for that to start resyncing with the ISP which will take a couple of minutes on average to be sure. Then replug the router in and allow that to establish the new private IP and Mac addresses. Once all the important leds are blinking showing internet coming and going, sending and receiving you then can start up and should soon see allowing Windows to load fully and freshly detect the refreshed connection the one listing for a home network or be prompted to select Home, Work, or Public where you would select Home.

    2) In case you still can't connect the manual typed in commands you would use are entered in at an elevated command prompt you find when scrolling the right click list seen come up or down from the Start button depending on where the task bar is set for bottom by default, top, or one side or the other as some prefer to select command prompt(admin). At the prompt the first command is "ipconfig" to display the present TCP/IP setting and find out what your IP address followed afterwards by "ipconfig /release" without the quotes in order to have Windows release the present network it detects fully. The second command entered would be "ipconfig /renew".

    That last one is used when Windows is set to obtain the IP address automatically rather then being configured manually. The three other additional commands you may not even need depending on settings you are set for there would be "ipconfig /all to call up a list of all network adapters. That covers the general information. The next on a manual ocnfiguration would be "ipconfig /displaydns" which shows the current DNS Resolver Cache logs perhaps an IT tech can explain.

    The next on the burner would be "ipconfig /flushdns" which works much like the /release command but clears out all of the DNS Resolver Cache logs. The last would be "ipconfig /regiserdns" which updates the DNS setting on a pc by initiating contact with the ISP by getting things going between DNS server and the DHCP server in order to re-register the network address. And the last item to note is the Control Panel being found in the "Control Panel>Network & Sharing>Troubleshoot problems>Network and internet>" where you see connecting to the internet right on top. You also have two other troubleshooting options being Network adapter and the Incoming connections.

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  4.    08 Aug 2015 #13

    Hi Brink

    Many thanks for your response.

    I did restart and that was when I checked and the old name was still showing.

    However this morning when I logged in and checked again the old name was no longer on the list. That may be the power of your reply!!!

    Thank you
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       08 Aug 2015 #14

    Option 4 via registry (to change full computer name as well):
    Note: Computer name should NOT be longer than 16 characters.

    Code:
    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ActiveComputerName" /v "ComputerName" /t REG_SZ /d "E525" /f
    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ComputerName" /v "ComputerName" /t REG_SZ /d "E525" /f
    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters" /v "Hostname" /t REG_SZ /d "E525" /f
    reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters" /v "NV Hostname" /t REG_SZ /d "E525" /f
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  6. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       08 Aug 2015 #15

    Mine certainly isn't! That is on the fresh VM install I just attended to where I will have to restart after the updates I just checked for go on and prompt for that anyways!

    Previously with the 64bit Technical Previews it wouldn't even connect to the update service. The program saw the latest version however come on on 6/15 a little over a month before 10 launched for some reason? Now the 10 RTM cnnects without issues and yet there's never been a need to edit the registry at all to change the name of the PC here at any time even on a VM.
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  7. Posts : 23,623
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       08 Aug 2015 #16

    solpuerto said: View Post
    Hi Brink

    Many thanks for your response.

    I did restart and that was when I checked and the old name was still showing.

    However this morning when I logged in and checked again the old name was no longer on the list. That may be the power of your reply!!!

    Thank you
    Great news.
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  8. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       08 Aug 2015 #17

    Well one thing proved to be a good laugh earlier! While taking screens of the new version running on a VM using the latest version of VM Player where I also grabbed one for seeing the name change done on 10 as it is on the previous versions suddenly one of the screens became the new wallpaper for 7! You have to see it to believe it!

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    First we have the change of the pc name to the obvious with 10 on the VM and finally the 64bit 10 is connecting to the web on the latest VMPlayer out. I had been trying to get the 32bit on but no go and finally the 64bit VM took off. But when you see two screens suddenly become one?

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    The interesting thing about this is that VM Player wasn't even running when the screen capture made with the snipping tool in 7 caught this displayed on two monitors normally and then after a brief gaming session with a classic oldie this was seen???
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  9.    15 Aug 2015 #18

    Change computer Name


    Good evening everyone,

    First excuse me formy English because I am French.

    During a Windows installation10 he was awarded a too complicated computername. Like "AbkQ1526SD"

    So after a few daysI has changed my computername following the indicatedmethod.

    It's ok anywhere on the computer and communicates well with others who are on the same network.

    However and it is important
    : Onedrive.comdoes not change the name under PC.

    Seeing dragged the old name Iremoved from onedrive. Woe to me because onedriveno longer works on the computer wherethe name changed.
    He merely said to me that my computer has been removed from onedrive

    It cost me a completereinstallation of my 4 computers park.
    I donot know if it was corrected but be careful anyway.

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  10. Posts : 23,623
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       15 Aug 2015 #19

    Hello Pmai,

    You should have been able to remove the PC with the old name from OneDrive. Afterwards, setup OneDrive again on the PC for the new name.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...ws-10-pcs.html
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