Determining the system name for a computer running Windows 10

To determine the system name for a computer running the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, you can take the following steps:

Graphical User Interface (GUI) method

If you want to give the system a new name, click on the Rename PC button.

Command Line Interface (CLI) method

If you want to obtain the information through a command-line interface (CLI) method, instead, you can do so either at a command prompt or PowerShell prompt.

Command Prompt

  1. Click on the Windows Start Button at the lower, left-hand corner of the screen or hit the Windows key then in the "Ask me anything" field type cmd and hit the Enter key to obtain a command prompt.
  2. Type hostname and hit Enter.

    C:\Users\nell>hostname
    LAPTOP-G6CRR45D
    
    C:\Users\nell>

    In the example above, the system's name is LAPTOP-G6CRR45D.

Alternatively, you can obtain the computer's name through the omputername environment variable.

C:\Users\nell>echo %computername%
LAPTOP-G6CRR45D

C:\Users\nell>

An another alternative is to use the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC). If you issue the command wmic path win32_computersystem get /format:list, you will get a lot of other information about the system, which will include the system's name.

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C:\Users\nell>wmic path win32_computersystem get /format:list


AdminPasswordStatus=3
AutomaticManagedPagefile=TRUE
AutomaticResetBootOption=TRUE
AutomaticResetCapability=TRUE
BootOptionOnLimit=
BootOptionOnWatchDog=
BootROMSupported=TRUE
BootStatus={0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0}
BootupState=Normal boot
Caption=LAPTOP-G6CRR45D
ChassisBootupState=3
ChassisSKUNumber=
CreationClassName=Win32_ComputerSystem
CurrentTimeZone=-240
DaylightInEffect=TRUE
Description=AT/AT COMPATIBLE
DNSHostName=LAPTOP-G6CRR45D
Domain=WORKGROUP
DomainRole=0
EnableDaylightSavingsTime=TRUE
FrontPanelResetStatus=3
HypervisorPresent=FALSE
InfraredSupported=FALSE
InitialLoadInfo=
InstallDate=
KeyboardPasswordStatus=3
LastLoadInfo=
Manufacturer=HP
Model=HP Notebook
Name=LAPTOP-G6CRR45D
NameFormat=
NetworkServerModeEnabled=TRUE
NumberOfLogicalProcessors=4
NumberOfProcessors=1
OEMLogoBitmap=
OEMStringArray={"$HP$","LOC#ABA","ABS 70/71 78 79 7A 7B","String4 for Original E
quipment Manufacturer","HP_Mute_LED_0_A","String6 for Original Equipment Manufac
turer","String7 for Original Equipment Manufacturer","String8 for Original Equip
ment Manufacturer","FBYTE#3Q5F6b7K7P7W7jaBapaqasauawbhbpbzcbdUdpdq.r5;","BUILDID
#15WW3HTT604#SABA#DABA;","String11 for Original Equipment Manufacturer"}
PartOfDomain=FALSE
PauseAfterReset=-1
PCSystemType=2
PCSystemTypeEx=2
PowerManagementCapabilities=
PowerManagementSupported=
PowerOnPasswordStatus=3
PowerState=0
PowerSupplyState=3
PrimaryOwnerContact=
PrimaryOwnerName=nell@example.com
ResetCapability=1
ResetCount=-1
ResetLimit=-1
Roles={"LM_Workstation","LM_Server","NT"}
Status=OK
SupportContactDescription=
SystemFamily=103C_5335KV G=N L=CON B=HP
SystemSKUNumber=P1A95UA#ABA
SystemStartupDelay=
SystemStartupOptions=
SystemStartupSetting=
SystemType=x64-based PC
ThermalState=3
TotalPhysicalMemory=3708825600
UserName=LAPTOP-G6CRR45D\nell
WakeUpType=6
Workgroup=WORKGROUP




C:\Users\nell>

You can restrict the information displayed to just the computer name with the command wmic path win32_computersystem get name

C:\Users\nell>wmic path win32_computersystem get name
Name
LAPTOP-G6CRR45D


C:\Users\nell>

PowerShell

You can also use the hostname command with Windows PowerShell, rather than the command prompt. You can open a PowerShell window by typing powershell in the "Ask me anything" field, rather than cmd, and then hit Enter with "Windows PowerShell" selected.

Windows PowerShell
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PS C:\Users\nell> hostname
LAPTOP-G6CRR45D
PS C:\Users\nell>

 

 

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