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(Solved) - Change computer name

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  • Started 1 year ago by LarrySr
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LarrySr
LarrySr
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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?

Posted 1 year ago
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RRRoman
Posts: 53

I'm sure there is... Could you please specify what operating system it is?

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whs
whs
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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.

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LarrySr
LarrySr
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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.

Posted 1 year ago
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gedstar
gedstar
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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

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....n-windows/

Posted 1 year ago
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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

Use Regedit and search for his name that is the computer name. Change any entries you find.

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LarrySr
LarrySr
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Thank you. Going into Regedit worked great.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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For the future, try this. Much easier, and faster to search for entries,
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
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LH, that's a good one - makes work a lot easier.

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m2k1981
Posts: 8

Basically problem is same but os is Kubuntu 12.04

Posted 1 year ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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m2k1981 hi. Please start your own New Topic. It is not polite to jump on someone else's thread.

Posted 1 year ago
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m2k1981
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@Lighthouse If u want u can take out or delete my post; please do so. Thank you for tell me what is correct and SORRY for what i done.

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