How to Find %computername% From Command Line

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This page contains a way to find %computername%, something that you might need often like when you are trying to connect a printer to some PCs. One of the methods is using the computer Command Line.

Finding the %computername% makes the use of the Command Prompt in Microsoft Windows. For Windows 8 or Windows 10, you can click on the Start button, type “cmd” in the search box, and then press on the result. In the older versions of Windows like Windows XP, you can open run the command (Win+R), type “cmd” and press Enter. Doing so will open up a Command Prompt window. When it opens, you can type the word “hostname” and hit Enter. After that, your computer name will show up. That is the way you can easily find the name of your computer, simple and quick.

Depending on the permissions your IT team has put in place, you may not be allowed to open the Command Line or Command Prompt window. If you encounter this issue, you can look for the other methods, depending on your operating system.

A lot of people never think about their computer names. On the other hand, some might name their computers just like they name their car, but just some of them who actually bother to change the name of the computer used for the identification on the network. However, your MSP or IT team relies on this system of identification to keep track of all computers they manage, and will want to name it for this purpose.

In the cases where the same computers can be used by more than one person, or one user may use more than one computer, it is important to be able to tell your IT team which computer is facing the issue you are reporting. Even though your IT team should have the ability to walk you through finding this kind of information, knowing it in advance will save your time and will enable your MSP to fix the issue more quickly. Once you are not strange with the process anymore, it will only take you just a few seconds to find the name of any computer,

Aside from the one mentioned above, here are some different ways that you can use to find the name of the computer.

  1. Press and hold the Windows key, and then hit the Pause or Break key.

The name of your computer is able to be found under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section of the window that shows up. It will look almost the same regardless of which operating system you are using. For those who use a full keyboard with your desktop computer, the Pause/Break key will be able to be found on the right of your function keys in the top row. If you are using a laptop, the keyboard may not include it. In this case, you can use the other methods to find the name of your computer.

  1. For Windows 10

It might sound strange but the latest version of Windows also requires the most steps to find the name of your computer. Luckily, every click is easy and should not be hard to remember. You can just Open the Start menu and press on Settings. Choose System and then About.

  1. Windows 8

Windows 8 is a little bit different compared to some other versions of Windows. If you use this version, you will have to right click on the Start button and choose System. For those who are not sure which operating system you are currently using, you can just simply use the trial and error, that should tell you pretty quick. First of all, hover your mouse over the top right hand corner of the screen. In the sidebar that displayed on the right, click on the settings icon and then choose PCs Info.

  1. Windows 7

This method will open the same window as option number 1. It allows you to find the name of the computer under the section named “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings”. Do not forget that the information that you are looking for is just the name of your computer, not the full computer name. To use this method, you can just click on the Start menu, right click on Computer, and choose Properties.

For those who use an Apple computer, the sad news is that they have no option to view the name of the computer from the system properties. There are three distinctive identifiers in the form of the computer name, network address, and local host name. All of them are able to be viewed from Apple Menu > System Preference > Sharing. The name of your Apple computer will be shown at the top of the Sharing preferences.

In case you cannot find the name of your computer by using any of these methods, it is better for you to send a quick email to your IT team, asking them if they know the name of your computer and if they are able to assist you to find it. Once you have found out the name of your computer, you are recommended to memorize it or write it down somewhere so that you have a backup in case you forget it and when you encounter an issue. Unfortunately, if your hard drive damages or your operating system freezes, no one of those methods will help you.

To be able to add your knowledge about finding the “%computername%” on the Command Line or Command Prompt or the other methods, you are encouraged to visit the community of Windows. In the same place, feel free to ask about anything related to the Windows if you have something to ask. You can just explain the issue that you are currently facing well and they will try to find the way out. This kind of community usually requires you to log in, so please create an account first.

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