Easy Ways to Rename PC in Windows 11

This post explains the easiest method to Rename PC in Windows 11. Rename your device to make it easier to identify if you use multiple computers with your Microsoft account or in your own network. Windows 11 will assign it a random name if you don’t name it accordingly. It is always better to use unique names to identify and communicate.

It’s best to keep computer names short Maximum name length 15 characters and easily recognizable. It is recommended that you use only Internet-standard characters in the PC name. The standard characters are the numbers 0 through 9, uppercase and lowercase letters from A through Z, and the hyphen (-) character. PC names cannot consist entirely of numbers, nor can they contain spaces. The name also cannot contain special characters, such as ` ~ @ # $ % ^ & ( ) = + [ ] { } | ; : , ‘ “ . < > / ?

There are several ways to rename Windows 11 PC. You can use the Settings, Control Panel, Command prompt, or PowerShell depends on your requirements. Being a system admin If you’re looking for an automated way to rename your PC, You can check out the different available options from SCCM or Intune – How to Rename Device in Intune a Quick Walk Through and SCCM OSD Computer Name Prompt In Task Sequence Deployment ConfigMgr | Endpoint Manager

Let’s take a look at how to rename a Windows 11 PC to easier manage –

Rename Windows 11 PC from Windows Settings

In Windows 11 device, Click Start and then open Settings.

Note – You can open the Windows 11 Settings directly by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I.

  • You can use the below option for the quick process. Click on Rename option on the System page top-left side.
  • Once you clicked, you will be prompted to provide the computer name, and all the processes will remain the same as mentioned below.
Rename PC in Windows 11
Rename PC in Windows 11

Navigate to System, Scroll down and select About on the right side.

Rename PC in Windows 11
Rename PC in Windows 11
  • Click on Rename this PC.

Note – To open the about section directly, type Rename your PC in Search.

Rename PC in Windows 11
Rename PC in Windows 11
  • A prompt will be appear to Enter a new name for your PC, then click on Next.
Rename your PC - Windows 11
Rename your PC – Windows 11
  • Once you have done, you will get a popup with Restart now or Restart later. Click Restart now, After you restart, your PC name will change to new assigned name.
Rename your PC - Windows 11
Rename your PC – Windows 11

Rename Windows 11 PC from Control Panel

To rename the computer name from Control Panel on Windows 11, follow these steps –

  • Open Control Panel, Click on System and Security. Under the System, click on the Allow remote access.

Note – To quickly open System Properties, Open Run from the start menu and type sysdm.cpl.

Allow remote access - Windows 11
Allow remote access – Windows 11
  • In the Computer Name tab, click on the Change button.
Rename PC in Windows 11
Rename PC in Windows 11
  • Specify a new computer name for your PC, and click on OK.
Rename PC in Windows 11
Rename PC in Windows 11
  • Click on OK.
Computer Name Changes - Windows 11
Computer Name Changes – Windows 11
  • Click on Close.
System Properties - Windows 11
System Properties – Windows 11
  • When ready, click on Restart now to restart the computer and apply the name change immediately.
Restart Your Computer - Windows 11
Restart Your Computer – Windows 11

Once you complete the steps, the computer will reboot, and upon restart, will assign the new name to the PC.

Rename Windows 11 PC using PowerShell

Let’s follow the steps below to rename Windows 11 PC name with PowerShell –

  • Open PowershellRun as administrator.
  • Type the following command to rename your PC and press Enter. For example – We renamed PC to “HTMD-Win11”.
Rename-Computer -NewName "New PC Name"
Rename PC - Windows 11 Powershell Command
Rename PC – Windows 11

The changes will take effect after you restart the computer. You can do the manual restart or type the following command to restart the device and press EnterRestart-Computer

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