How to Rename My Computer on your Desktop

Would you like for your computer to be personalized and unique?  If so, this registry tweak is perfect for you.  Please note that this tweak will only work on computers running Windows XP.

Always create a back-up prior to any attempt at editing your registry.  The back-up allows you to restore your registry to its original settings should you have any problems.

To personalize your My Computer icon:

1. Click Start.  Go to Run.  Enter regedit.

2. Look for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.  You can find this on the left side of the box.

3.  Expand the folder by clicking on the little cross on the left side.

4. Next, go to the CLSID folder.

5. Look for {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}.  Be extremely careful with this step, as working with long strings of letters and numbers can sometimes lead to mistakes.

6. Now look at the right hand side of the box.  You should find LocalizedString, a expandable string value.

7. Rename LocalizedString to LocalizedString.old.  You can do this by right clicking on LocalizedString and selecting Rename.

8. You will now need to create a new LocalizedString Value Name. 

  1. Right click on the right hand pane of the box.
  2. Select New and then select Expandable String Value.
  3. Rename the value to LocalizedString.

9. Double click on LocalizedString.  A new box will pop up.  Enter %USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME% in Value Data.  Note that USERNAME and COMPUERNAME refer to you or any name you wish to enter.

10. Exit registry and reboot.

Have fun with your new personalized computer!