Change the name of your Windows computer

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Your computer's name is the unique name that identifies it on a network. UITS recommends that you use your University account username to name your computer on the IU network.

  • For computers in campus housing, UITS recommends you enter either bl-rh-username (at IU Bloomington) or in-rh-username (at IU Indianapolis), replacing username with your University account username. If you have more than one computer connected on campus, you can place a single-digit number after the username. For example, at IU Bloomington, if your username were dvader, your first computer name would be bl-rh-dvader and the second would be bl-rh-dvader2.
  • For computer naming conventions in IU departments, see Recommended naming conventions for IU Windows computers and groups.

Windows 11

To change your computer's name in Windows 11:

  1. Press Win-x and select System.
  2. Next to the computer model at the top, select Rename this PC.
  3. If prompted, enter an administrator account username and password.
  4. Enter a new name for your computer.
  5. Choose Restart now or Restart later. Your computer's name will change.

Windows 10 or Windows 8.x

To change your computer's name in Windows 10 or Windows 8.x:

  1. Log into your computer with administrative rights.
  2. Navigate to the Control Panel.
  3. Select the System icon. If you do not see the System icon, in the upper right corner, switch the view to Large icons or Small icons.
  4. In the "System" window that appears, under the "Computer name, domain and workgroup settings" section, on the right, select Change settings.
  5. You will see the "System Properties" window. At the top of the window, select the Computer Name tab.
  6. Select Change.... You will see your computer's name listed.
  7. In the space marked "Computer Name:", delete the text and enter a new name for your computer.
  8. Select OK, then OK again, and then close the "System" window.

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