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codecraig

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is there a way to change the computer name with rebooting? this is with win xp pro service pack 2.

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Do you mean reloading the OS

You can click start, right click my computer then computer name then change
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yea but when i change the computer name it says i have to reboot for change to take effect.
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Don't know whether it is possible without a reboot or not.
Try changing the subkeys of the following regkey and see:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName

Tell me if it works.

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BTW... I love your threads :tazz:
You always come with really challenging queries; helping you helps me alot too, as I learn lots of new things. :)
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nope. I am on a domain, not sure if that is why i have to reboot or not.
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What's the problem with rebooting
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just takes a couple minutes, so i have to restart all my apps. that's all.
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Change it when you know you need to reboot
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yea that works...but i was hoping to do it on the fly without reboot....guess not.
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you can change the name but deny the reboot....the machine name won't change untill the machine goes off the next time..
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yea i knew that. i want to change name, and not have to reboot for it to take affect....basically.
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so you want the never off system....heheh if it's running windows then...you're out of luck on that plan
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you must reboot because the machine needs to register with the domain so the network functions properly
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Don't know whether it is possible without a reboot or not.
Try changing the subkeys of the following regkey and see:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName

Tell me if it works.

P.S.:
BTW... I love your threads  :tazz:
You always come with really challenging queries; helping you helps me alot too, as I learn lots of new things. :)

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For the record, I tried this out. It doesn't work.
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