How to Change the Computer Name in Windows

Your computer’s name must be unique. And with Windows installations, it sets up a rather un-personalized name by default. So here is how to change the computer name in Windows in our easy-to-read tutorial.

There are two settings related to your computer’s name. One is the main name, and the other is a description.

Changing the computer name

1. Open System Settings

Press and hold the Windows key () on your keyboard and tap the ‘Pause’ key and release the Windows key.

2. Left-click on ‘Advanced system settings’

click on advanced system settings

3. Left-click on the Computer Name’ tag

4. Left-click on the ‘Change’ button

click on change

5. Edit ‘Computer name’ and left-click the ‘OK’ button

type in the new computer name

After typing in the name you desire, left-click on the ‘OK’ button to complete the process.

How to change the computer description

  1. Press and hold the Windows key () on your keyboard and tap the ‘Pause’ key and release the Windows key.
  2. Left-click on ‘Advanced system settings’.
  3. Left-click on the ‘Computer Name’ tab.
  4. Edit the ‘Computer description’ text box to the description you want and left-click the ‘OK’ button to complete.
rename the computer description

What’s the difference between the computer name and the description?

The computer name sometimes referred to as the server name, machine name or hostname is the main name associated with your machine when viewing it through the network.

The description is used to describe your machine in its own local Windows environment.

Is it necessary to change both names?

While it’s not necessary for you to do so, taking a short amount of time in order to change both names does pay off in the long run.

When you view your machine over a network from another machine or device, you will be able to recognize your machine easier by identifying the Computer Name.

And as for the description, it helps to have a clear name when setting up certain software, etc. It limits the amount of confusion and allows you to distinguish your machine at a glance.


We hope you have found this article useful and that you have your machine’s name correctly setup. If you take the time to name your computer correctly, it will make certain aspects of working with your machine more fluid.

You won’t have to check that the default number is the correct one associated with your machine, especially if you have lots of computers on your network.

I like to stream video files to various devices in my home, and by having usable computer names, makes choosing my streaming sources a little easier.