9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2012 8:21 PM by Thomas441
ady palti Level 1 Level 1

How can I change the computer name ??


MacBook Pro with Retina display, iOS 6.0.1
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8

    Your Mac's name is found in System Preferences > Sharing.

  • jwhart Level 1 Level 1

    I'm confused!  When I look in the System Preferences > Sharing it shows "Jack" however, ALL of my "stuff" (apps, desktop, documents, music, etc. shows up under a folder named Windows7 with a white house icon?  How can I change that name from Windows 7?

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    jwhart wrote:

     

    I'm confused!  When I look in the System Preferences > Sharing it shows "Jack" however, ALL of my "stuff" (apps, desktop, documents, music, etc. shows up under a folder named Windows7 with a white house icon?  How can I change that name from Windows 7?

     

    That's not your computer name. That is the user account name.

    The best way to change the name is to not change the name and create a new user account in Users & Groups System Preferences. See here: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10932

     

    You can right-click on a user in Users & Groups and choose Advanced Options…

    From there, you can change the user name and location of the home folder. I would do this from another Admin Account. You also may want to change the name of the home folder (white house icon). Again do that from another account. In the Advanced options, there is a place to set the home folder. You'll have to change that if you rename the home folder.

     

    There is likely a reason Apple recommends creating a new user over this hidden method.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    Ok what I'll like to know is who named your user account? Windows 7????

     

    Your on a Mac. At least they could of named it OS X (10).

  • jwhart Level 1 Level 1

    I just became a Mac user 3 weeks ago.  I've been a PC user since the beginning.  I migrated over from a PC that had the name Windows 7 so the migration process gave it that name without any input from me.  Also, when I go to "Users & Groups," "Windows 7" does NOT appear, my name does.

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    There are two names to an account. The full name and the shortname. The shortname drives the home folder name and is the true user name for the system.

     

    If you right-click on your user acount name and select Advanced Options, is Windows 7 listed as the Account name?

     

    If the padlock is locked at the bottom of the system prefs window, you'll have to click it to authenticate before you can do the above actions.

  • jwhart Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, Windows 7 is listed.

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    That is what needs to be changed as I posted above.

  • Thomas441 Level 1 Level 1

    Another method of changing a home folder name is:

     

    OS X: How to change user account name or home directory name

     

    This involves enabling the root user and this article should be used with caution. Follow the steps exactly and be sure to backup your information via Time Machine first.