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It's important that each computer on your network have a different name. Since you might as well make it meaningful, I'll show you how to change it.
I purchased a new computer June 2010 and the named it owner. How do I change it to the name I want?
Yes, computers have names.
We're not talking "HAL", or "Colossus" or anything like that (though you could choose those if you like), just a name that allows computers to be uniquely identified when they're connected together on a network.
If your computer came pre-named (and many do), and you want to change it, I'll show you where and how.
Begin by right clicking on "Computer", either on your desktop or in the start menu, and clicking on the Properties menu item that appears:
In the resulting window, near the bottom, will be a display of the current computer name, as well as a Change Settings link. Click that:
That'll take you to the System Properties dialog, where the name is once again displayed, along with a Change... button. Click that:
That, then, will finally take you to the "Computer Name/Domain Changes" dialog:
There you can type in your new computer name (or as I've done, a new workgroup name).
Click OK, and you'll need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
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