How to Rename Laptops in XP
The name of your laptop is set up during the installation of Windows XP. After naming your laptop during the installation of the XP operating system, it remains permanent unless it is manually renamed. Your laptop can be manually renamed using the XP Control Panel. When renaming the laptop, you can create its new name using any combination of alphanumeric characters. The process of renaming your laptop is the same for all versions of the XP operating system.
1). Boot up your laptop, log in to your Windows XP account and access the Windows desktop. Click the green button that is labeled "Start" on the left side of the Windows taskbar.
2). Click the "Control Panel" button on the right-hand side of the menu that pops up above the "Start" button. Locate and double-click the "System" icon in the "Control Panel" window that opens. If "System" is not listed in the "Control Panel" window, double-click "Performance and Maintenance" and locate and click "System" in the window that appears.
3). Click on the tab labeled "Computer Name" located near the top of the "System" screen. Click the "Change..." button on the right-hand side of this screen.
4). Delete the text located in the white box labeled "Computer Name" in the window that pops up. Using your keyboard, type the new name you would like your laptop to have in this box. Click the "OK" button at the bottom of the Window and your laptop name will be changed to the name that you have entered.