There are two primary ways that Windows 7 identifies your computer. The first is through a user name that you sign into when you start the computer, and the second is through a name that was assigned to the computer when Windows 7 was initially configured. Regardless of the user that is currently signed in on Windows 7, the computer name will remain the same. But this can be a problem if the computer has been passed on to a different person, or if you have multiple computers on the same network with the same computer name. Fortunately this is a setting that can easily be adjusted, and you can set your Windows 7 computer name to whatever you want.
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View and Change the Windows 7 Computer Name
By default, Windows 7 will assign a name to your computer based upon the user name that you have entered. For example, my Windows 7 user names are typically something like Matt-PC. But when I have a laptop and desktop computer connected to my network, both of which bear that name, it can be confusing to try and locate a file or resource on a computer when I can’t properly identify it. So you can follow the steps below to learn how to change your Windows 7 computer name.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Right-click the Computer option, then click Properties.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Computer name, domain and workgroup settings section, then click the Change settings link to the right of your current computer name.
Step 4: Click the Change button at the bottom of the Computer Name tab.
Step 5: Click inside the Computer name field and delete the existing name, then enter the new name.
Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply the change.
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