Change the name of your computer icon

Posted on 01/09/2009 by


This is a pretty simple and not very useful registry hack. But again it will help you learn the workings of your registry and make you more comfortable, so I think you should give it a try.

With this tweak, the name of your computer icon will change to (username) at (computer name). With your user name and computer name at the respective fields.

one more thing, the difference between this method and just right clicking on your computer icon and renaming is that through this tweak, the change will be applied to every user on your computer.

So lets get started…

NOTE: if you havent already, then read the precautions here

  • Lauch regedit. dont know how? read my previous post here
  • Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} from your left panel
  • On your right hand panel you will see a key named LocalizedString. Rename it to LocalizedString.Old
  • Now you gotta create a new value which should be a Expanded String Value. Name this one LocalizedString.
  • Right click LocalizedString. choose Modify. There will be a dialogue box for Value Data, in that dialogue box write %Username% at %Computername%

All Done !!! Now you just have to Refresh your Desktop and voila! But I gotta warn you, in a coupla days time when all the new posts about widgets and other such hacks and tweaks are posted, I doubt whether after all that, even a single Icon will remain on your desktop. ahh but the main aim is to learn. Whether it is simple or complex. Fancy or Mundane.

anyways happy hacking