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Computer - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane

How to Rename "Computer" in the Windows 7 Explorer Navigation Pane
Published by Brink
17 Aug 2010 - Views: 15096
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How to Rename "Computer" in the Windows 7 Explorer Navigation Pane


information   Information
This will show you how to rename the Computer folder in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane to any name that you like for all users in Windows 7.
warning   Warning
  • You can only do this while logged into an administrator account.
  • This will also rename the Computer desktop icon as well.

EXAMPLE: Computer in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the Computer group default name (left screenshot below) and renamed (right screenshot below) in the Navigation Pane.
Computer - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-computer_default.jpgComputer - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-computer_renamed.jpg

Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit in the search line, then press enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, go to the location below: (see screenshot below step 4)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} key and click on Permissions. (see screenshot below)
Computer - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-computer1.jpg
5. Do the following in order below to take ownership and full control of this registry key. (see example screenshot below)
A) Click on the Advanced button.
B) Click on the Owner tab.
C) Select your Administrator account.
D) Click on OK.
E) At the top, select the Administrators group.
F) At the bottom, check the Allow box to the right of Full Control.
G) Click on OK.
Computer - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-step2.jpg
6. In the right pane of regedit, right click on LocalizedString and click on Modify. (see screenshot below)
Computer - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-computer3.jpg
7. To Rename "Computer" in the Navigation Pane
A) Type in any name that your would like, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step4.jpg
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B) Go to step 9.
8. To Restore the Default "Computer" Name in the Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Copy and Paste the value below, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-9216

Name:  Computer5.jpg
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9. Close regedit.
That's it,
Shawn



17 Aug 2010   #1
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Another great one Shawn! Nice work!


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17 Aug 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Derek.
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