How to Change Your Windows Hostname

How Do I Change my Windows Hostname?

This article will cover how to change a Windows hostname running the following operating systems:

 

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

 

Please note that you’ll need to be logged into your server before proceeding.

 

Windows Server 2008 R2

 

  1. Click on the Start icon
  2. Right click Computer
  3. Select Properties
  4. The System menu will open in a new window
  5. Select Change settings

 

Showing how to navigate to the Systems menu in Windows Server 2008

 

  1. This will open System Properties in a new window
  2. Click Change

 

Showing the System Properties in Windows Server 2008

 

  1. Enter in the new computer name in the Computer name field
  2. Click OK

 

Showing the Computer Name changes interface in Windows Server 2008

 

  1. A new dialog box will appear prompting you that the server will need to be restarted for the changes to take effect
  2. Click OK

 

Showing the Computer Name changes confirmation dialog box

 

  1. Click Close
  2. If you’re ready to restart your server select Restart Now

 

Restart Computer dialog box

 

Windows Server 2012 R2

 

  1. Click on the Windows icon

 

Showing the Windows icon in Windows Server 2012

 

  1. In the new Window that opens right click This PC
  2. Select Properties

 

Showing This PC Properties

 

  1. The System window will appear 
  2. Click Change settings

 

Showing the System Properties window in Windows Server 2012

 

  1. This will open System Properties in a new window
  2. Click Change

 

Showing the System Properties in Windows Server 2008

 

  1. Enter in the new computer name in the Computer name field
  2. Click OK

 

Showing the Computer Name changes interface in Windows Server 2008

 

  1. A new dialog box will appear prompting you that the server will need to be restarted for the changes to take effect
  2. Click OK

 

Showing the Computer Name changes confirmation dialog box

 

  1. Click Close
  2. If you’re ready to restart your server select Restart Now

 

Restart Computer dialog box

 

Once the server has been restarted the new name should be in effect!


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