How Do I Know What My Computer Server Name Is?

Names help you find other computers in a network.

Computers may not yet be fully intelligent or self-aware, but they are like humans in another crucial way -- every one has a name, or at least every one on a network. Like people, the computers use these names to identify and talk to each other, making connections and transferring information back and forth. Larger networks may contain hundreds of interconnected computers; picking a specific one out of the haystack may prove difficult. Fortunately, you can quickly look up your computer's name in Windows 7 for easy network identification.

Start Menu

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Right-click "Computer."

Step 3

Look at the "Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup Settings" section of the window that appears. The "Computer Name" information is how the computer identifies itself and the "Full Computer Name" contains more specific network name information for the computer. For example, if your computer was named "Odysseus" and it was part of the "Greeks" domain, its full computer name would be "".

Command Prompt

Step 1

Press the Windows button + "R" to bring up the Windows "Run" feature.

Step 2

Type "cmd" into the "Open" field of the Run feature, then press "Enter." The DOS command prompt interface opens in a new window.

Step 3

Type "Hostname," minus the quotation marks.

Step 4

Press "Enter." Your computer's name displays in the DOS box.


You can also access the command prompt in Windows 7 by searching for the term in the Start Menu's "Search" box.