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change computer name thru registry?

change computer name thru registry?

change computer name thru registry?

(OP)
Hi, I was wonder if there is a way to rename a computer thru regedit.  I have a bunch of computers on the network that I need to rename, and i would rather do it behind the scenes with desktop authority instead of actually letting everyone know that i am logging on to their desktop.

Thanks,

Tim

RE: change computer name thru registry?

The name is stored here:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ActiveComputerName
It is of type REG_SZ

Let say the existing name was TIMLOWE.  I would write the following .reg file to rename it LINNEY:

--------------ren_computer.reg ------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.0

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ActiveComputerName]
"ComputerName"="LINNEY"

--------------------------------------------

Notes:

. it must be all UPPERCASE
. it takes effect with a reboot
. This will assuredly prevent you in a Domain from being able to logon.


RE: change computer name thru registry?

Sorry for answering the wrong question.  At least Bill was awake.

RE: change computer name thru registry?

(OP)
Thanks alot for the help guys!!

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