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Fresh Windows 8.1 install - how to change ?? name

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    Windows 8.1

    Fresh Windows 8.1 install - how to change ?? name


    Hello all

    I've found so much useful information over the past week here at eightforums.com, thought I'd try and see if you can rectify my latest idiocy...

    I've a new hard drive onto which I installed Windows 8 then upgraded to 8.1. All went well. Except...

    At the choosing a name screen my keyboard was stuck under the power cord and somehow it called this computer
    -------------------- (20 dashes).

    I've been able to set up a "properly named" user account but this is going to annoy me forever unless I can change it (and I assume that a 20 character name will have implications on file name length?)

    The problem is that I'm not sure what this name is called! Here's a screenshot, apologies for poor quality, I don't have any apps yet installed.

    imgur: the simple image sharer

    Any help will be much appreciated, thank you!

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Hah! I had gone through that article but seemingly failed - your link to it made me look again and I just spotted the final step:

    11. If your old computer name still shows in Network, then restart your router/modem.
    Bingo, I think it's solved . Many thanks alphanumeric!
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


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