Find Your Computer Name On Windows 11
A computer name doesn’t matter for many individuals. After all, you don’t need a custom computer name to use a computer. For businesses, however, giving computers on a network unique names is integral for several reasons, including:
- Computers with identical names on a network could cause conflict and communication problems
- Unique naming eases identification of computers in case of issues
- Naming computers allows easier remote access from another computer
- An organization’s IT team or managed service provider rely on device identification to keep track of computers on the network
- IT teams use naming systems for computer network management purposes
In an organization where several people use a computer or a person uses multiple computers, it’s critical to be in a position to tell your IT team which computer has issues to be fixed. Sure, your IT team should be able to identify the computer themselves, but knowing in advance will save you time and allow your tech team to solve the problem quickly.
On Windows 11, finding your computer name only takes a few seconds — depending on the method you use. You can find your computer name on Windows 11 in five different ways:
- Using the Settings app
- Using System Property
- Using the RUN command
- Using Command Prompt (cmd)
- Using Registry
Let’s explore each method.
1. Finding Computer Name Using the Settings App
The Setting app is your first go-to place when looking for information about your computer. Here’s a step-by-step guide to find your computer name on the Settings:
- Press the “Windows key” and “I” keyboard shortcut simultaneously.
- Head over to the top left on the screen that opens and select “System.”
- A new pane will open on your right side. You’ll see the computer’s name.
- You can scroll down to the “About” section and click on it to see your computer name. Your computer name will be next to “Device Name.“
2. Find Your Computer Name Using System Property
Alternatively, you can find your computer name in the System Property under the Control Panel.
Navigating through the Control Panel can be along the path. You can use the Run tool to navigate through the Control panel easily. Here are simple steps to find your device name using System Property:
- Press the “Windows key” and “R” to open the Run box.
- On the tab, key in sysdm.cpl.
- Press the “Enter” key or click the “OK” button on the screen to proceed.
- A “System Property” window will open.
- Select the “Computer Name” tab on the top left.
- You’ll see your computer next to the “Full computer name” option.
3. Finding Computer Name Using RUN Command
Running a Run command is the easiest way to find your computer name. The method is excellent when you want to reduce the number of steps to find your computer name to the bare minimum.
You only need two steps:
- Press the “Window key” and “R” buttons on your keyboard simultaneously to open the “Run” box.
- Key in the cmd /k hostname and hit the “Enter” button. A command prompt window will open with your computer name right at the top.
4. Finding Computer Name Using Command Prompt (CMD)
Another way you can find your device name is by running a simple command on CMD. Here is a detailed procedure on how to go about it:
- Click on “Start” or press the “Windows” button on your keyboard.
- On the search tab that appears, key-in “cmd” and hit the “Enter” button.
- The Command Prompt interface will open. Type in the hostname command.
- Hit the “Enter” button to run the command. After running the command line, you’ll see your computer name on the screen.
There is an alternative command you can run in the CMD to get the name of your computer. The command will show all the IP configurations. Here is a quick guide:
- On the CMD interface, key in the ipconfig /all command.
- Hit the “Enter” button on your keyboard to run the command line. A list of information will appear on your screen that includes:
- Windows IP configuration
- The name of your Windows 11 computer next to Host Name
- Ethernet adapter
- Wireless LAN adapter
5. Finding Computer Name Using Registry
The last method lets you find your computer name from the registry. Finding the device name with the registry is the longest path of the five ways.
Here is the step-by-step guide to find your computer name in the registry:
- Press the “Windows” and “R” keys on your keyboard simultaneously to open the Run box.
- On Run’s screen, type Regedit.
- Hit the “Enter” button on your keyboard. Windows will ask you if you want Registry Editor to make changes on your device. Click the “Yes” to run the Registry editor.
- On the Registry Editor interface, click on the “HKEY_Local_Machine” folder to open a list of dropdown subfolders.
- Find the “System” folder and double-click on it. Another dropdown subfolder will open.
- Select the “CurrentControlSet” folder on the new list of folders that opens by double-clicking on it. Another list of subfolders will open.
- Double click on the “Control” option. A longer dropdown menu of folders will open.
- Find the “ComputerName” folder and double-click on it. A list with two folders will open.
- Select “ActiveComputerName” by double-clicking on it. A new pane will open on your right. You’ll see the actual computer name in the same row under the “Data” column.
Alternatively, you can skip the entire process by copying and pasting the text below into the Registry Editor’s address:
Then hit the enter button to take you directly to your Windows 11 computer name.
Contact Your IT Team in Vancouver if You Can’t Find Your Computer Name on Windows 11
Suppose you’re having problems finding your computer with any of the five options above. Contact your IT team, asking them if they know your computer name or if they can help you find it.
Once you find your computer name, you’d want to memorize it or note it somewhere to have it in hand whenever you need it to address an issue. Contact us at Compunet InfoTech if your Vancouver business is facing critical computer issues. We’ll help you navigate through any computer issues.
Thanks to our friends at DataEcon, a Dallas IT firm for their help with this article.