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.
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.