Network Client Computer Identification

By Doug Lowe

Following is the procedure for changing the client computer identification for any network client running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. Begin by opening the control panel.

For Windows 7, choose Start→Control Panel.

For Windows 8, right-click the bottom-left corner of the screen and then choose Control Panel from the contextual menu.

To change the computer identification in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, follow these steps:

1Double-click the System icon.

This step displays the System information window. The figure shows the Windows 8 version, but the Windows Vista and Windows 7 versions are similar. Notice the section that lists computer name, domain, and workgroup settings.

2Click the Change Settings link in the bottom-right corner.

If a dialog box appears and asks for your permission to continue, click Continue. The System Properties dialog box appears.

3Click the Change button.

This step displays the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box.

4Enter the computer name and the workgroup or domain name.

If you want to join a domain, select the Domain radio button and type the domain name. If your network does not use domains, choose the Workgroup option button, and type the workgroup name.

5Click OK. Enter the username and password for an Administrator account when prompted.

You’re asked to provide this information only if a computer account hasn’t already been created for the client computer.

6When a dialog box appears, informing you that you need to restart the computer, click OK; then restart the computer.

The computer is added to the domain or workgroup.