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Change of Computer Name not being updated in Devices

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Bootcamp Windows 8

    Change of Computer Name not being updated in Devices


    Hello,

    After installing Windows 8, I decided that I wanted to change my computer name. I followed the instructions online and changed it through Advanced System Settings. However, the old computer name keeps on showing up in Devices under Devices and Printers. I have looked at other posts in this forum

    Computer name in devices and printers

    and my

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName

    shows up the correct name. After searching through the Registry Editor, I have found that the following entry

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AllUserInstallAgent\S-1-5-21-699933474-1405474040-4259847413-1001

    is keeping the old computer name. What shall I do?

    I am running Windows 8 OEM on a MacBook Pro Retina Display running Bootcamp. All updates have been installed. Symantec and Dropbox are the only software that I have installed in Windows.

    Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 3
    Bootcamp Windows 8


    Well, for some reason, after about 5 or 6 reboots --due to the fact that I was switching back and forth between the Windows and OS partitions-- the change of name actually happened. The old computer name still appears in the above mentioned Registry Editor entry but the computer appears with its new name in Devices under Devices and Printers. So, issue solved, I guess. Thank you.
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  3. #3


    Welcome to Windows EightForums, serres.

    I was on my phone app yesterday when I read your problem. I'm glad things worked out.

    Just curious if your PC sign-in is a MS account? They have "trusted PCs" listed there.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Bootcamp Windows 8


    Hi HippsieGypsie,

    Thank you for your reply. No, my sign-in is not a MS account; it's a regular stand alone Username and Password set up at the time of installing Windows.

    Hope this helps; thank you!
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Sometimes the name is taken from the BIOS and can't be changed. Someone else had a similar problem, could not get it resolved, name kept going back to "Dell, Inc" despite changing it 20 times. An OEM puter really wants the name field to be filled in with it's own info.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by serres View Post
    Hi HippsieGypsie,

    Thank you for your reply. No, my sign-in is not a MS account; it's a regular stand alone Username and Password set up at the time of installing Windows.

    Hope this helps; thank you!
    I was wondering if it had anything to do with "trusted devices" within a MS account sign-in.

    Thanks for replying.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Sometimes the name is taken from the BIOS and can't be changed. Someone else had a similar problem, could not get it resolved, name kept going back to "Dell, Inc" despite changing it 20 times. An OEM puter really wants the name field to be filled in with it's own info.
    All a part of "brain burning" I would guess.
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