how do I change the name displayed on boot up?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by galatea, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. galatea macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2006
    Western MA
    I'm a long-time windows user and I just purchased my first mac, a used 500 mHz iBook from one of my coworkers. Woohoo! I managed to successfully create a new user account for myself (although I haven't deleted his account yet just in case), but there is one thing I can't figure out how to change. When I boot the computer and get to the OS X boot screen, it still says "[Previous Owner]'s Computer" underneath the Apple logo. How can I change this so it shows [Current Owner]'s Computer" instead?

    I'm hoping that he can get me a copy of his install disks so I can just do a clean install, but that could take a while. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Easily done!

    Go to System Preferences...->Sharing, then just change the "Computer Name:" field at the top of that panel. Or at least that's how it's worked for a while. Which version of the OS are you running?
  3. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Im going to take a shot in the dark... in the system preferences, click on sharing, there should be a textbox that actually says "[Previous Owner]'s Computer", simply change that. I know its a bit vague but im not in front of a mac right now :mad: :mad:

    Edit: Beaten to it!:rolleyes:

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