How to change computer name?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stuff99, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. stuff99 macrumors 6502

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    Hi there,

    I was just wondering how I can change the computer short name in accounts and the wireless network name of my computer because right now it still shows the name of the previous user that I got the computer from

    Thanks!
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Here's an application I've used in the past to change my short name. It worked great for me. Be careful, though, because this is no light task. The program just makes it look that way. :)
     
  4. stuff99 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    why did apple make it so complicated to change the short name?
     
  5. thegrifman macrumors regular

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    They didn't, it's just the nature of *nix. Your short name is referenced in many places, namely the password file and such so if you change it in one place you have to change it everywhere which to the average user is no easy task.
     
  6. stuff99 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I didnt end up changing it...it seemed too complicated
     

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