- No two computers can possess the same computer name. Ensure all computer names are unique.
- Ensure each computer name is no longer than 15 characters.
- Ensure no computer name contains spaces. Windows ME and earlier versions of Windows do not recognize computers having space characters in their name.
- Avoid special characters in computer names. Whenever possible, do not use any of these characters when naming Windows computers: / \ * , . " @
- Avoid using lower-case letters in a computer name whenever possible. On Windows Vista, the case of letters (upper or lower) is ignored. Older versions of Microsoft Windows, however, treat computer names as case sensitive. Entering computer names in all upper case is recommended to avoid possible name conflicts that would prevent Windows computers from identifying each other.
To set or change a computer name on Windows XP, right-click on My Computer or open the System icon in Control Panel, then choose the Computer Name tab.
To set or change a computer name on Windows 2000, open the System icon in Control Panel and choose the Network Identification tab, then click the Properties button.
On older versions of Windows, open the Network icon in Control Panel and choose the Identification tab.