How to Find Computer Name

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When you install Windows and set up a computer for the first time, the operating system asks you to assign it a name that should be no longer than 15 characters. Since we all have names, our pets have names, and some enthusiasts even name their cars, why not name our computers too? However, you might ask yourself: What is the purpose of a computer name? Can you see it later on? Yes, you do, and here’s how:

What is a computer name, PC name, or device name?

In Windows, a computer name is also called a PC name or device name. They all represent the name given by the operating system, the PC manufacturer, or the user to distinguish that computer from others in a network. It does not matter what the name is, just that there is one. This is why Windows offers you a default name when you install it. An example of a device name is DESKTOP-3Q67JPL, a random string of letters and special characters.
Sure, I’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to find the computer name on a Windows operating system. There are a few different methods you can use:

Using the System Properties

1.Open the System Properties window:
*Press Windows key + Pause/Break on your keyboard. This will open the System Properties window.
*Alternatively, you can right-click on the “This PC” or “Computer” icon on your desktop or in File Explorer and select “Properties.”
2.View the Computer Name: In the System Properties window, you will see various tabs. Click on the “Computer Name” tab.
3.Find the Computer Name: Look for the “Full computer name” or “Computer name” field. The value in this field is your computer name.

Using Command Prompt

1.Open Command Prompt:
 * Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
 *Type cmd and press Enter to open the Command Prompt.
2.Run the Command:
In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:
This command will display the computer name.

Using PowerShell

1.Open PowerShell: Press Windows key + X and select “Windows PowerShell” or “PowerShell” from the menu.
2.Run the Command: In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press Enter:
This command will display the computer name.
Using Settings (Windows 10)
1.Open Settings: Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
2.Go to System: Click on “System.”
3.Find Aboot: In the left sidebar, select “About.”
4.View the Device Specifications:
Under “Device specifications,” you will find the “Device name,” which is your computer name.
Choose the method that suits you best. These steps should help you find your computer name on a Windows operating system.
The Command Prompt is a powerful tool that you can use to do literally everything on your computer. Among other complex processes, the Command Prompt allows you to create, move, delete files, and find all the important information about your computer’s components.
Although it is necessary to understand and learn the Command Prompt commands in order to use this tool for complex processes, some simple yet beneficial processes don’t require that much computing knowledge.
In some situations, you will have to know your computer’s name. For example, you will need this information if you want to connect your printer to multiple PCs. This can be done very easily by using your Command Prompt, and this article will show you how.

How to Use the Command Prompt to Find Your Computer’s Name

Before we start explaining different ways and commands that you can use to find your computer’s name, you need to know how to open your Command Prompt.
1.Simply click on Start
2.Type “cmd” in the search bar. Hit Enter, and a small black window will appear. That is your Command Prompt app.
3.Type the command “hostname“ and hit Enter.
After that, your Command Prompt will display your computer’s name in the next line.
The only potential problem here is that you need to be very careful with your typing. If you make a typo, the Command Prompt won’t recognize the command and nothing will happen.

Getting DNS or FQDN of Your Computer

To get the full DNS or Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of your computer, use the following commands:
1.Type this command exactly as it is shown:
net config workstation | findstr /C: “Full Computer Name“
2.Enter. The Command Prompt will show the full DNS name of your computer.
full Computer name
Other Valuable Information You Can Get from the Command Prompt

Your Computer’s IP Address

Another very important piece of information that you might need is your computer’s IP address. Of course, the Command Prompt can help you with this as well.
The following steps will help you find your computer’s IP address in no time:
1.Open the Command Prompt.
2.Type in “ipconfig“ and hit Enter.
3.Look for “IPv4 Address”.
If you are using a VPN (virtual private network) for your work, you will have more information under the IPv4 Address.

Your Business Domain Server’s IP Address

Yet another interesting command that you might want to use is “nslookup”. This command allows you to find your business domain server’s IP address:
1.Type “nslookup,” hit Space, and add your business domain and hit Enter.
2.For example, you can use this command on YouTube: nslookup

IP Addresses Between Your Computer and Your Website

Command Prompt will print all server IP addresses between your computer and the website that you have entered.
1.Type “tracert“ in your Command Prompt, press the Space key, enter the website that you want to visit (or any website of your choosing) and hit enter.
2.For example, you can type tracert to find the IP address of all the servers that “stand” between you and YouTube.

Start Using the Command Prompt

As you can see, your computer’s Command Prompt is a versatile tool that you can use for a variety of tasks. Although these few commands are considered very basic and fundamental, they are a good starting point for those who want to learn more about using the Command Prompt.

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