How to Disable the Ability to Change a Computer's Name

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How to Disable the Ability to Change a Computer's Name
A computer's name identifies it over a network. (network cable image by Radoslav Lazarov from

The computer's name is the name that identifies it on the network. The name must be unique so that it doesn't conflict with any other computers that are on the network. In a business setting, computer names are important because information technology departments use them to identify specific workstations that need attention. In a home setting, you may want to stop children or other family members from changing computer names which may cause confusion. To prevent users from changing the computer's name, it is necessary to give them limited access to the system controls.

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  1. 1

    Open the control panel by clicking on the "Start" button and clicking on "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click on "User Accounts" which is the second option in the right column under "Pick a category."

  3. 3

    Click the "Change an account" option under the "Pick a task..." category. Click on the name of the account that you would like to limit in the new window.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Change the account type" link that is second from the bottom in the list of links on the left side of the window.

  5. 5

    Click the radio button next to the "Limited" option to select it. Click the "Change Account Type" button in the lower right portion of the window to disable the account from changing the computer's name.

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