How can I rename “This PC” to “My Computer” in Windows?

Have you ever noticed that in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 the My Computer icon in File Explorer is called This PC?  And in Windows 7 it’s just called Computer?

Today, I’m going to show you 30 second fix for changing that.  It’s so easy that I almost didn’t write this article but I know this will bring value to some of my readers so I decided to post it anyway.

Check it out kid…

Open File Explorer and make sure the left navigation pane is visible.  If it isn’t, click View in the menu bar, choose the Navigation Pane category and click the Navigation Pane.

Then do the following:

  • Click This PC
  • Press F2
  • And enter “My Computer” without the quotes

Renaming This PC in Windows

This will quickly change the name for you.  If you don’t see the change refresh File Explorer by pressing F5 or by closing and reopening it.

Renamed The PC to My Computer in Windows 10

If you want, you can change it to something more personal.

In my opinion, the phrase “My Computer” is kind of prosaic so get creative and throw your name in the there (assuming it isn’t too long).

Renaming This PC to anything you want

Now isn’t that beautiful?

I think so.


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