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Windows 7: Task Manager showing old computer/user name (and i don't like it!)

15 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Task Manager showing old computer/user name (and i don't like it!)

Hi there, I am hoping someone can advise me on how to remove the old computer name from task manager. I have changed the name of the user account in user settings, but annoyingly the old name shows up in task manager.

Any advice, appreciated.



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15 Jan 2012   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

do you mean device manager?

to change your computer name: press start button >> right-click 'computer' >> properties >> advanced system settings >> computer name

...or a quicker way - type name into start-menu searchbox then select 'rename this computer'
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16 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit


Thanks for your reply, I have been into the computers properties and changed them to the name I want to use... But... still showing up with the old computer name in WTM! It's a little bit of an enigma to me I'm afraid...


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16 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

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16 Jan 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP


Even after deleting in User Accounts, the original Admin account's name will remain in Explorer until reinstall. This is a security measure by Win7. You can ignore the listing, transfer the files to the new account.

Remember also you must have one Admin-level account before you can delete the original owner's Account.
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16 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

I think this can be done by opening the Registry and editing it by replacing the old name by your name where ever the old name occurs.

I haven't done it so far in Windows 7 but I have used this method to do it several times in Windows XP.
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14 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

I use windows 7 and when i first setup this laptop i used the name darshan-pc and then i changed it to windows7-pc and in task manager in the processes tab under username it still shows darshan when it should say windows7 why cant microsoft handle these tiny little issues
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14 Jun 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP


There is some security reason why the original owners name stays intact until reinstall.

If you don't wish that to be the case then consider a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which is always a good thing and better than getting a new computer since you'll lose all the corrupting factory bloatware.
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