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Windows 7: How to rename "Computer" to "Username on Computername"

14 Nov 2009   #31

Windows 7
How to rename "Computer" to "Username on Computername"

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I had already made myself (i'm Administrator) owner of the key and all the subkeys. I downloaded the reg file attached to your post and executed it successfully. Unfortunately the Icon's name is still "Computer"
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate on an Asus-Lamborghini VX2s with 2 GB RAM.
I exported the key after executing your reg file and I'm attaching the exported key to this reply.
Thank you again. Hope to find a solution soon.
By comparing the two reg files, I dont think the change was actually made to the localizedstring value, could you open regedit and look at the value that is actually set and post it.
Sorry but the two files are perfectly identical. I converted your LocalizedString.reg into a text file LocalizedString.txt (attached) and then exported my modified registry key into a second text file MyLocalizedString.txt (attached) and then compared the two files with DiffDoc.exe that did not find any difference.
It is evident that some block in windows 7 does not allow this tweak to work. I recognize that you have been the only one trying seriously to answer my question. Unfortunaltely it did not work. Thank you for your help. I posted my system configuration.
Sorry, I did not upload the 2 txt files, I do it now

Attached Files
File Type: txt localizedstring.txt (7.0 KB, 172 views)
File Type: txt MY LOCALIZED STRING.txt (7.0 KB, 149 views)
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15 Nov 2009   #32

Windows 7
How to rename "Computer" to "Username on Computername"

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Step I had to take to make the change and get it to show was to go into permissions and take ownership of the key then assign myself rights to read and write. Works for me I have the desktop icon now named to whomever is logged in. Check your permissions and ownership. Delete the key and try again.

As for H2S04, he is right. Leaving any workstation open whether in a "public" or office environment is a serious security breach and needs to be addressed. Last place I worked there was a bank of office right next to the employee exit and entrance. Not only were all laptop desktops to be locked but so were the doors to the offices if not occupied.
I already DID all that. I have ownership and full control of the key, I succeeded in changing the value that now is %USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%. Nevertheless the desktop icon's name remains "Computer". I suspect there is some in the OS that ignores the change. I have tens of computer in my office running Windows XP or Windows Vista and the tweak works perfectly. It does'nt work on my laptop that is running Windows 7 Ultimate, while it worked on it before I migrated from Vista to Windows 7.
Any way, I gave up.
As far as H2SO4 is concerned, nobody ever said that in my office computers are left unattended. And I still think he made unacceptabel comments.
Thank you for your comments.
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16 Nov 2009   #33

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
BGINFO as alternative solution

This does not do exactly what you are asking for, but it could be used to serve the same purpose; i.e., displaying the logged in user.

Bginfo will allow some system information, including the logged in user, to be displayed on the desktop background. It can be customized to show just the user if that's all you want.

Bginfo at sysinternals:

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18 Nov 2009   #34

Windows 7
Solved how to rename the computer icon in windows 7

Good morning everybody. Problem solved!!
The tweak works perfectly on my desktop at the office and any other pc running Windows 7 that I could try it on.
It still did not work on my ASUS LapTop due to the Asus Security chip tha was'nt activated correctly. Done tah everything is fine.
So the solution is:
1. open regedit with administartive priviledges.
2. take ownership and full control of the key
3. modify the key.
Thank you evrybody for your help and patience
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21 Jan 2013   #35

Various Windows 7, and Windows 8 Pro x64

Not to bring back a totally dead topic, but the solution doesn't appear that I've seen yet -- here on SevenForums or elsewhere. I've been looking for the answer and getting frustrated at my inability to find helpful information. In reality, taking over the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT key previously mentioned in this thread isn't all that dangerous, but a significant pain.

The registry key you want to set to rename the Computer icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8 is:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="This is the value you want to set"

This key, because it's only for the local user, doesn't require any special permissions changes. You can modify this in your startup script.

In my case, I'm using a RegistryWrite() function in VBS. The above is the current solution for 7/8 machines. For Windows XP you want to use:

RegistryWrite HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, "CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}", "LocalizedString", "This is the value you want to set"

I found this because I'd already manually renamed my computer icon, and the registry key you guys are referring to was still 'Computer'. Big red flag. So instead I renamed my Computer icon to a bunch of gibberish and scanned the registry for it.

Best wishes, gentlemen.
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