How do I change the name I used during setup?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bamabww, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Bamabww macrumors newbie

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    Hello, just got my first Apple computer last Friday and so far so good for a PC ex-owner for 20 years. During the original setup of my Mac Book Pro, without thinking about what it would do, I used my full legal name to "name" my computer. I noticed somewhere yesterday while looking through the computer a statement similar to this: Everyone will know your computer as "Billy's Mac book Pro." (paraphrased I'm sure.) I never use my first name unless required to do so on a legal document signature etc.

    Is there any way to change that to my middle name that I use all the time and the one everyone knows me by?

    This forum has already been a tremendous help to me and I hope to be able to add to the discussion soon.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Do you mean your Computer Name (System Preferences > Sharing > Computer Name) or your account name? The latter is not visible via the network, the former is.
     
  3. Jordnbeats macrumors member

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  4. Bamabww thread starter macrumors newbie

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    To tell the truth, I don't know enough yet to know. Thanks for the path, I'll try that when I get home.
     
  5. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    I'm wondering if doing this will cause your Time Machine to think it is attached to a new machine. Thus requiring you to re-back up everything and losing time-machine backup history.
     
  6. Bamabww thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That worked! Thanks for your help.

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    Don't think that will be a problem now, I've only had the computer turned on for about an hour and have not installed anything except a recommended upgrade to Lion. Appreciate your concern though.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    That will not be a problem.
    Time Machine FAQ
     

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