How to Change Computer Name in Windows 11

How to Change Computer Name in Windows 11

Introduction

Out of the box, Windows 11 gives your computer a randomly-generated name that’s a mash-up of letters, numbers and hyphens. Having a unique and memorable name is especially important if you need to find your specific computer on a shared network, such as a home or school network. Thankfully, changing your Windows 11 computer name can be done fairly quickly.

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Steps to Change Computer Name in Windows 11

  1. Navigate to your Windows 11 home screen, and then press the “Windows” and “I” keys at the same time. The Windows Settings screen will be displayed.
  2. Click “System” in the menu on the left side of the screen. System options will be shown on the right side of the screen.
  1. Scroll down to the bottom of this menu, and then click “About.” You’ll see your Windows 11 computer’s name shown at the top of the About screen.
  1. Click the “Rename This PC” button next to the current name of your computer. A Rename Your PC window pops up, with a message letting you know that you can use a combination of letters, hyphens and numbers as your new Windows 11 computer name.
  1. Enter what you want to be your new Windows 11 PC name, and then click “Next.” You’ll be prompted to restart your computer. After your computer restarts, your Windows 11 computer’s name will be fully changed.

Reasons to Change Your Computer Name in Windows 11

1. Personalization

Giving your Windows 11 computer a unique name adds a personal touch. Express your creativity and make your device stand out. Choose a name that reflects your personality or interests. This simple change will make your device feel more like yours.

2. Networking

Naming your computer makes it easily recognizable in a network environment. This improves communication and collaboration within the network. Avoid using generic names like “PC” or “Laptop.” Give your device a descriptive and meaningful name to enhance the network’s organization.

3. Troubleshooting

Clearly naming your Windows 11 computer makes it easier to diagnose network issues. Identifying the problematic device becomes straightforward. This saves time and reduces frustration in resolving network problems.

4. Security

Hiding your computer’s true identity by changing its name makes it less vulnerable to attacks. Cyber criminals target computers with easily recognizable names. Protect your device by giving it a unique, non-descriptive name.

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