How to Rename “This PC” to “My Computer” in Windows 8.1, 10

‘This PC’ is something new for latest Windows OS users. Microsoft has changed our old friend ‘My Computer’ as ‘This PC’ from Windows 8.1 and it continued in Windows 10 too. We may need to change this name back to old name to reduce the confusion in the latest OS and see the same set of icons on the desktop. For example,  someone will not know how to ‘right click on My computer’ icon on Windows 10 even though the ‘This PC’ icon exists, possible right? Because ordinary users will be searching for the same My computer icon only. And more surprisingly, the ‘This PC’ icon is hidden by default. So it will create more confusion and trouble. Here we show you how to easily change “This PC” back to “My computer” in Windows 10, so it is applicable for Windows 8.1 too.

First of all, if you do not see This PC icon on the desktop, follow this guide to show it on the desktop. Once it has appeared in desktop, you can rename it to ‘My Computer’ easily. Even if you do not want to show it on the desktop, still the renaming can be done in Windows Explorer.

Rename This PC to My Computer in Windows 10, 8.1

Make sure you can see this icon on the desktop or Window explore as below.

This PC on desktop

And this is in Windows Explorer.

Windows explorer

Read Also: How to show My Computer icon on the Windows 2012 R2 server

The method is not so complicated, to rename the This PC to My Computer, select the object and press F2 in the keyboard, or right click on it and click Rename.

Rename this pc in windows 10

Then change the name to ‘My Computer’ or whatever name you want.

My computer

That’s it, short and sweet. You should be seeing the renamed ‘My Computer’ on your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 computer now.

renamed - How to Rename "This PC" to "My Computer"

We know that this could be a simple and straightforward method for any users, but if you are still wondering how to do it and get back the “My Computer” name in Windows 10, hope this guide is helpful for someone.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

1 thought on “How to Rename “This PC” to “My Computer” in Windows 8.1, 10”

  1. I firmly believe that Windows 10 will send persons in droves to Linux – If Microsoft was looking for a way to exit the OS market – Windows 10 will do it. I have several friends that have already asked me about using Linux, and where to get it. I use Linux Mint KDE 17.1 in a 2nd desktop computer and Zorin 10 in a laptop. Windows simply cannot compete with the ease of use and features Linux has, along with settings which can be found in logical places. Microsoft has opened yet another hate list page for its OS’s, which began with Vista. I give it a “Thumbs down.”

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