Microsoft made some big changes in Windows 10. A good change was adding the start menu back, which is far superior to the metro interface from Windows 8/8.1. Some things were shifted from the much-loved Control Panel to their new Settings area. The Settings area is Microsoft’s answer on computer management consolidation. It is the one stop shop for all your computer configuration needs. This area holds the paths for settings like Accounts, System, Devices, and may others. Microsoft invested in this to help make managing the computer simpler and easier, but some settings seem to get lost deep in the menu.
In this article we will demonstrate some of the ways to change the name of your computer. A once simple task that has now been buried deep in the PC settings.
Using the Settings Area
- Click the Start button and choose the cog/gear icon from the left column
- In the Settings window choose “System”
- In the systems settings, look for “About” in the left column, and select it.
- The About page provides a lot of information related to your computer. Find the “Rename this PC” button near the middle of the page.
- Clicking Rename this PC will present a dialog box to change the name. Enter something that is less than 15 characters long.
- Press OK to set the new name. You will be prompted to restart the computer to apply this change
- Once rebooted you are all set. You can access the “About” page again to confirm the change.
Change PC name through System
An alternate, and more direct, way to change the computer name is using the “System” menu. While this menu was slightly different in previous releases of Windows 10, its now a shortcut that takes you directly to the “About” area of the Settings location.
- Right-click on the “Start Button” and choose “System”
- The “About” window will now be open.
- Toward the middle of the windows locate the “Rename this PC” button
- Select the Rename this PC button and a new dialog box will open. Type your new computer name and press “Next” to continue.
- A dialog box prompting you to restart will appear. Choose Restart to “Restart Now” and apply the changes or “Restart” later if you want to make other changes. The PC name will not change until the computer restarts.
With all of Microsoft’s changes, these two methods are the simplest ways to change your PC name. Now, go the den PC to something awesome like “UnderDeTVPC.” The possibilities are endless.