To assign a position to another employee, in another department or simply to modify his identifier on the network, it is easily possible to rename a Windows computer. If the process does not pose any problem in a Workgroup-type network, it may be impossible to change the name of a workstation that is a member of a domain, with an error message. This concern has existed since Windows 2000 and the arrival of Active Directory, the LDAP directory service from Microsoft, and is not necessarily explained. However, it persists in Windows Server 2008, 2012 and even 2016. Here’s how to do it. rename a Windows computer that is a member of an AD domain.
If you have no problem changing the name of the computer that is a member of a domain, then there is no need to follow this guide which is only intended for people who encounter an error message while renaming a workstation. work or a member server.
This tutorial was carried out on Windows 10 Professional but the previous versions are also concerned, as long as they are Professional editions of Windows (2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8).
Change the name of a computer that is a member of an Active Directory domain
1. On Windows 10, do a right click on the start button and choose System. On all versions of Windows, press the keys Windows + Pause to open the Properties of the operating system.
2. On the right, click on ” Modify the parameters “:
3. Click on ” To modify “.
4. Change from Domain to ” Work group “By indicating” WORKGROUP “for example.
5. Enter an AD Administrator account or a user with domain rights.
6. To restart the computer.
7. Go back to System properties Windows and Modify the parameters.
8. Edit name from the computer :
9. To restart the computer.
10. Go one last time in the System properties from the Windows workstation and Modify the parameters.
11. Re-join the Active Directory domain by indicating an account authorized to do so.
12. To restart the computer.
The station has changed its name and is once again part of the Active Directory domain.