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By artzelda ·
I want to change the name of my computer and I can't find the registry setting that controls this. Everytime I need to register something the name of the computer manufacturer pops up - Gateway. How do I change it to my name?

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by ferocious In reply to CHANGE COMPUTER NAME

DO THIS FIRST: If you have network neighborhood on your desktop, right-click it, choose properties. Under the Identification tab is the name. If it is populated with the word Gateway, change it to whatever you like and choose OK. Windows will prompt you to restart. DO NOT PROCEED ANY FURTHER IF THIS RESULT IS SUCCESSFUL BASED ON YOUR NEEDS.

IF THE PREVIOUS WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, DO THE FOLLOWING, BUT I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU MAKE A BACKUP OF THE REGISTRY FIRST. To make a backup do the following: click start, run, type in "regedit" w/o quotes, hit OK or Enter. Click "My Computer", click Registry on the menu bar, choose "Export Registry File", and give the file a name and choose Save. The original is now saved. Next, click Edit, Find, type in "computername" (as one word) w/o quotes or do the same thing and do a search for Gateway and choose the Find Next button. Tip: to do extensive searching, hit the F3 key to let the Find function continue until it finishes. As it finds the name,in the right pane double-click the value and you can change it. DO NOT CHANGE ANY NUMERIC VALUES!
WARNING: Improper use of the registry can cause your PC to stop working and require reinstallation of the operating system. If you need to restore the previous Registry, go to where you saved the file and double-click it.

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