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Windows 7: Hiding Host Name from Router

11 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

You could try unchecking "Register this connection’s addresses in DNS"
Chapter 9 - Windows Support for DNS

However, I doubt that will work because what you want is completely pointless. If you are so concerned about what someone might learn from a unidentifiable computer name then stuff it full of random junk. But a computer name is just that, a computer name. If it provides personal information well that is your own fault.

Also, tin foil hats are on sale at K-Mart right now. Better hurry before they run out!

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12 Oct 2010   #12

Windows 7

information much apprecited guys...

as for wanting to hide private info, believe me, if i wanted that, I would have a different machine and not use g#mail!
I was at the least, interested in the process of controlling windows more than it tends to allow.

And as for my tin foil hat...I am thankfully nowhere near a k-mart - and regardless, I have a much higher reflectivity mylar cap laying around here somewhere (though thinking on it, maybe the scrunched up foil helps add a stealth effect...hmm)

thanks again
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12 Apr 2012   #13

win7 64bit

in win7:
Control Panel -> System and Security -> System
lots of interesting stuff there for you ^_^
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13 Jan 2013   #14

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP 1

I found this today, looking for the same solution:

How to hide or unhide computer name on network NETWORKING!

You'll have to run the command prompt as administrator.

From that article:

How to hide or unhide computer name on network

To Verify and See if your Computer Name is Hidden or Unhidden
  • Open Command Prompt
  • In the command prompt, type Net Config Server and press Enter. (See screenshots below)
  • If it is hidden, then you will see Yes to the right of Server hidden.
  • If it is unhidden, then you will see No to the right of Server hidden.

To Hide your Computer Name from Displaying in Network

  • In the command prompt, type in bold below and press Enter.
  • Net config server /hidden:yes
  • You will get a The command completed successfully message afterwards.
To Unhide your Computer Name to Display in Network
  • In the elevated command prompt, type in bold below and press Enter.
  • Net config server /hidden:no
  • You will get a The command completed successfully message afterwards.
  • Exit Command Prompt then Restart the computer to apply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Aug 2013   #15

Windows 7

RochaMalhada: many thanks for the info. Am trying it out. Shall see if it's successful after restart. All the best
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28 Feb 2014   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

berilac !

Go to Computer name/Domain changes and in Computer name field hold the alt key and type 255, the Computer name field will appear to be blank but you can click ok, click ok and restart computer.
Then router your connected to or any other device or software will see no Device name for your computer, only your Local IP and MAC Address will be visible, which you can also change.
Worked in Windows 7
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