Rename the Computer

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use the procedures in this topic to provide computers running Windows Server® 2008, Windows Vista®, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP with a different computer name.

Procedures for renaming computers

This topic provides procedures to rename computers running the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

  • Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform these procedures.

To rename computers running Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties. The System dialog box opens.

  2. In Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings. The System Properties dialog box opens.

Note

On computers running Windows Vista, before the System Properties dialog box opens, the User Account Control dialog box opens, requesting permission to continue. Click Continue to proceed.

  1. Click Change. The Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box opens.

  2. In Computer Name, type the name for your computer. For example, if you want to name the computer AD-DNS-01, type AD-DNS-01.

  3. Click OK twice, click Close, and then click Restart Now to restart the computer.

Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform these procedures.

To rename computers running Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. The System Properties dialog box opens.

  2. Click Computer Name, and then click Change. The Computer Name Changes dialog box opens.

  3. In Computer name, type the name for your computer. For example, if you want the computer named Client-01, type Client-01.

  4. Click OK. The System Setting Changes dialog box opens, indicating that you must restart the computer before the changes take effect.

  5. Click OK, click OK again to close the dialog box, and then click Yes to restart the computer.