Change your computer name for Windows Vista
Changing the computer name in Windows Vista is something many people want to do. When you first buy your computer the name may already be setup. This is also true if you purchase a used computer. The good news is it's very simple to change your computer name in Windows Vista.
Changing your computer name in Vista is almost the same as in Windows XP. You do have to dig a little deeper but it's simple enough.
click the windows "start" button on the bottom left of your screen. Now right click on the Computer Icon and select properties. You can also just type sysdm.cpl in the start search box but most people like a process they can remember.
Changing this in XP was extremely simple, but in Vista it's buried behind a few more menus. Here are three routes you can take to open up System Properties:
Now that you are on the properties box click the change button to rename your computer. You will now have a dialog box that will pop up. Under the "Computer Name" Box type in your new computer name and then click OK.
Alternately you can also change the name of the workgroup if you desire. You should not do this unless you are setting up a new network.
If you do change the workgroup name then you will have to re-boot. If you just change the computer name you should be good to go.
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