Display computer name under My computer icon


A very useful trick that I always use in my servers is displaying the computer name under ‘My Computer’ or ‘Computer’ in Windows 7/2008R2

To do this you need to change a certain registry key.

In xp/2003 operation systems the process is simple as described below.

In 2008/Win7 though, you will first have to logon as administrator and take ownership on the hive where the registry settings needs to be modified.

So how do we do this?

first open the registry editor via regedit. then go to:


find a REG_EXPAND_SZ string value names ‘LocalizedString’ and change its value data to:


Now you should see the machine name under ‘My Computer’ icon.

The outcome for a computer named SRV000 will be this:

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