Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rename Computer Link In Windows 8 Explorer

9:48 PM

In the Explorer, straight for the left pane entry of Computer folder, there is simple a Computer link mentioned. This link links us to My Computer folder where we can see all the drives and other medias attached to the computer. Using a simple and clean registry method, you can rename the Computer link to something you desire. Here is how default Computer link looks like:

Now as highlighted above, we’ll proceed in a registry editing manner to rename Computer link. The method is described below. It is applied to all user accounts on the computer. I suggest you to make a backup of registry prior to make any changes in it. Finally, here we go:

Change Computer Link Name In Navigation Pane Inside Windows 8

  • 1. Press  + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.
  • 2. Navigate here:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • 3. First of all take the ownership of the key (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}) using method illustrated in this article.
  • 4. After successfully taking the ownership of the key, in the right pane of this location, find the string LocalizedString. The Value data inside this string is responsible for the Computer name the My Computer link. Double click on the string to modify it and put your desired name to rename Computer link:
Now click OK. So we’ve changed the string successfully:
  • 5. Finally, close the Registry Editor. Restart the Explorer and here it is, you can see your desired name in the navigation pane for Computer link:
That’s it! In case you want to store default Computer name, just input the value data

@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-9216 in step 4 for Value data.

Hope you like the tip and find it useful!

Note: If this tutorial worked for you (and it should work), please leave a comment below. Thanks.

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