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Computer Description - Change

How to Change Your "Computer Description" in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
30 Jul 2009
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How to Change Your "Computer Description" in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
The computer description is a short explanation of the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to change your computer description to what you want in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to change the computer description.

Note   Note
The Computer description is not the same thing as the computer name (Windows 7) or PC name (Windows 8).

The Server service needs to be set to Started and Automatic to be able to change the computer description. It is set this way by default in Windows.


EXAMPLE: Computer Description in System
NOTE: This will be under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section in System from the Control Panel.
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OPTION ONE
To Change your Computer Description in System Properties
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on either the Change settings or Advanced system settings link. (see screenshot below)
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3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

4. Type in a Computer description that you want for your computer, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can leave this field blank if you do not want a computer description. By default, the computer description is blank.
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5. You will now noticed the computer description displayed in System under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section. (see screenshot below)
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6. When finished, you can close the System window if you like.



OPTION TWO
To Change your Computer Description in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

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

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\LanmanServer\Parameters
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4. In the right pane of Parameters, double click/tap on srvcomment to modify it. (See screenshot above)

5. Type in a Computer description that you want for your computer, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can leave this field blank if you do not want a computer description. By default, the computer description is blank.
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6. Close regedit. (See screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn



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30 Jul 2009   #1
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

An alternative method is to use a batch file.
Code:
@ECHO OFF
REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\LanmanServer\Parameters" /v srvcomment /t REG_SZ /d "Your Description" /f 
Copy the above code into Notepad and save it with a .bat extension. Give it a meaningful name. Remember to change the bit in red for the description you want, and to use quotation marks if there are any spaces in the description you wish to use. If you click on this file it will merge the data into the registry, providing that you do so in an account with administrative privileges. Alternatively, right click on the batch file and select Run as administrator. After providing administrative credentials, the file will execute and the data will be merged into the registry.


I've also corrected the slight error in your Tutorial for you.


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30 Jul 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Dwarf.
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30 Jul 2009   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

you also have to have the Server service running.
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30 Jul 2009   #4
v0id

Windows 3.11
 
 

And it must be Server services enabled to do that!
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30 Jul 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you guys. Server service warning added.
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29 Jan 2010   #6
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I loved when in XP on the welcome screen where it says "Turn off computer" it would sometimes change that to "Turn off *Description Here". I would change it to something like "RJ's Computer"
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