I have an old PC that was given to me. I am fixing it up and I will find it a new home with someone who cannot afford to purchase a computer. I have cleared off all the original owners information as he requested. The only thing that still links this computer to its original owner is the computer name. He put his name as the computer name. Is there a way to change this without re-installing the operating system?
(Solved) - Change computer name(12 posts)
For the case you describe I would highly recommend to reinstall the OS. An 'old' OS always accumulates a lot of stuff and as a consequence is running very slowly.
Recently I reinstalled a 6 year old XP on a friend's system - after that, it then ran 3 times faster.
It is an old Gateway with an AMD Athlon processor. It is running Windows ME. I would install Windows XP but I do not have the drivers for this computer. I tried to install Windows XP as an upgrade but I got the message that Windows XP can not be installed as an upgrade to Window ME. I have no idea what type of mother board it has or what drivers are required. So if I could just change the computer name I would consider this a success. This computer will only be used to run Microsoft Word and Excel for school work, do some basic email. and possible do some searches on the internet for school projects. So just being able to change the computer name would be enough.
If you right click My Computer on the Desktop and select properties, you should find a tab called Computer Name, you can change it there. Just click on change button at the bottom.
That will work for the Computer Name, unless you are talking about the Registered Owners Name that's different matter, still can be change though!
Instructions for that here
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