How To Rename A Microsoft Windows 8 Computer

When Microsoft Windows 8 is installed, the installation process allows administrators to specify a name to the computer. Administrators can specify any desired name to Windows 8 computer at that time, as long as the specified
name is unique in the network. In home computers once a computer name is specified, it is unlikely that administrators would need to rename it. On the other hand, when Windows 8 is installed on a computer that is used in
production environments and is required to be connected to other computers in the network, administrators might need to change the computer name according to the naming convention used in the organization.

Administrators in production environments might also want to rename the computer before adding it to the domain in order to make the computer become identifiable by more sensible name according to the naming convention used in the client/server network architecture.

To rename a Microsoft Windows 8 computer, steps given below must be followed:
1. Log on to Microsoft Windows 8 computer with administrator account.
2. From the Start screen, click Desktop tile.
3. On the desktop window, click File Explorer icon from the taskbar.
4. On the opened Libraries window, right-click Computer from the left pane.
5. From the displayed context menu, click Properties.
6. On the opened System window, click Change settings under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section.
7. On the opened System Properties box, make sure that Computer Name tab is selected and click Change button.
8. On the Computer Name/Domain Changes box, in the Computer name field type the new computer name.

Computer Name/Domain Changes

Computer Name/Domain Changes


9. Click OK when done and on the displayed information box, click OK.
10. Back on System Properties box, click Close.
11. On the displayed box, click Restart Now button to restart the computer.

How To Log Off From A Current User Account in Microsoft Windows 8

Since the interface of Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is quite new and is specifically designed for touchscreen computers, sometimes it might be challenging for new users to log off from their accounts once they are done with their work.

To log off from are currently logged on user account on a Windows 8 computer, steps given below must be followed:

1. On the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the
window.
2. From the displayed options, click Start.
3. On the Start screen, click the name of the currently logged on user
account from the top left corner.
4. From the displayed options, click Sign out.

Sign Out Windows 8 User

Sign Out Windows 8 User

How To Add Or Remove Desktop Icons in Microsoft Windows 8

When Microsoft Windows 8 is installed, it is only the Recycle Bin that is available on the desktop screen. Microsoft designed Windows 8’s default user profile this way to keep the desktop neat and tidy, which makes it easier for
the users to work on Windows. If users are experienced and are old users of Microsoft Windows, using the OS without commonly used icons on the desktop would not be a problem for them. On the other hand, users who are new to computer field and/or are new to the Microsoft platform, it might be challenging for them to operate Windows without the icons.

To make things easier, it is recommended that users should that the most frequently used icons on their desktop screens. Some of the commonly used icons are, Computer, Control Panel, etc.

To add or remove commonly used icons from the desktop screen in Microsoft Windows 8, steps given below must be followed:

1. Log on to Microsoft Windows 8 computer with any account.
2. From the Start screen, click Desktop tile.
3. On the desktop screen, right-click anywhere.
4. From the context menu, click Personalize.
5. From the Personalization window, click Change desktop icons from the left pane.
6. On the Desktop Icon Settings box, check or uncheck the checkboxes representing the icons that are to be placed or removed from the desktop respectively.

Windows 8 Desktop Icon Settings

Windows 8 Desktop Icon Settings


7. Click OK to apply the settings.
8. Close Personalization window when done.

How to Install Microsoft Windows 8

To install Microsoft Windows 8, administrators must verify the minimum system requirements of the computer on which they plan to install the operating system, and they must also check the compatibility of the attached hardware devices with the operating system. The best way to check the compatibility of the hardware with the operating system is to check the Hardware Compatibility List or HCL that can be found online.

To install Microsoft Windows 8 on a computer, the computer must meet the following hardware requirements:
Processor – 1 GHz or above
Physical Memory (RAM) – 2 GB (Recommended), 1 GB (Minimum)
Hard Disk Space – 20 GB (Recommended), 15 GB (Minimum)
Screen Resolution – 1366 x 768
Graphics Support – DirectX 9
Optical Media Drive – DVD Drive

Once the minimum system requirements are met, steps given below must be followed to install Microsoft Windows 8 on the computer:

1. Start the computer and enter into the BIOS setup.
2. Configure the computer to boot from DVD.
3. Insert Microsoft Windows 8 bootable installation media.
4. Reboot the computer with DVD support.
5. On the displayed screen, click Next.

Windows 8 Setup

Windows 8 Setup


6. On the next window, click Install now.
Windows 8 Install Now

Windows 8 Install Now


7. On next page, type the 25-character product key and click Next.
8. On the License terms page, check I accept the license terms checkbox and click Next.
Windows 8 License Terms

Windows 8 License Terms


9. On Which type of installation do you want page, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.
Type of Windows 8 Installation

Type of Windows 8 Installation


10. On Where do you want to install Windows page, click to select the hard disk drive where Windows 8 is to be installed and click Next to assign full disk space to the system drive (C:). Alternatively, Drive options (advanced) option can also be clicked to create partitions in the hard disk drive before clicking Next button.
Windows 8 Drive Options

Windows 8 Drive Options


11. On the Installing Windows page, wait till Windows gets installed and the computer restarts.
Installing Windows 8

Installing Windows 8


Note: While restarting, if the screen displays the message, ‘Press any key to boot from CD or DVD’, do NOT press any key. Let the system restart on its own or the system will start the installation process right from the beginning.
12. On Personalize window, choose the color scheme from the available colors.
13. In the PC name field, specify a unique name for the Windows 8 computer.
Specify PC Name in Windows 8

Specify PC Name in Windows 8


Note: Users and administrators can give any name to the computer as long as the same name is not given to any other computer in the common network. Unique name is required to establish network connectivity between the computers.
14. Click Next when done.
15. On the Settings window, click Customize button to configure Windows 8 granularly before start using it. Alternatively, Use express settings button can also be clicked to use the default settings and continue with the finalizing process.
Windows 8 Express Settings

Windows 8 Express Settings


Note: Settings can be configured after Windows is successfully installed on the computer. Administrative credentials are required to do so.
16. On Help protect and update your PC window, make appropriate adjustments to the settings and click Next.
Windows 8 Update Settings

Windows 8 Update Settings


17. On Send Microsoft info to help make Windows and apps better window, make appropriate changes as desired and click Next. Alternatively, default settings can also be left intact and Next button can be clicked without making any changes to the settings.
Send to Microsoft Info Settings

Send to Microsoft Info Settings


18. On Check online for solutions to problems window, make appropriate changes to the settings as desired and click Next. Alternatively, default settings can also be left intact and Next button can be clicked without making any changes to the settings.
Check Online Solutions Settings

Check Online Solutions Settings


19. On Sign in to your PC window, populate the User name, Password, Reenter password and Password hint fields with appropriate values as desired.
Sign in to Windows 8 PC

Sign in to Windows 8 PC


Note: User name specified here will automatically become member of ‘Administrators’ group and will get unrestricted privileges on the computer.
20. Click Finish when done to finalize Windows 8 settings and configurations.
21. Once things have been finalized, the user account that was created in step 19 will be logged on automatically and will be displayed with the Start screen.
Windows 8 Start Screen

Windows 8 Start Screen