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    Computer Name (XP)

    We use Remote Assistance to help solve problems as part of a support team. In order to start remote assistance we need the computer name. Presently our clients look for an asset tag that is placed on the computer with a label. Is there an easy way to have the computer name (xyz123456a) show up next to the clock on the taskbar?

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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    Haven't heard of any method or utility to display the computer name in the notification area, but perhaps someone else has.

    You can see the computer name in the Computer Name tab of the System control panel. If the My Computer icon is displayed on the desktop, you can open this control panel by right-clicking My Computer and selecting Properties; otherwise select Start | Control Panel, open the Performance and Maintenance category (if you use Category view), then open System.

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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    I too do not know of a way to display it beside the clock, however I can get it easily via the command prompt.

    Most users can follow these commands over the phone.
    1. <LI>Press Start
      <LI>Select Run
      <LI>Type CMD and press Enter
      <LI>In the now visable command prompt window, type set computername and press Enter
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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    Thanks, Hans. I was aware of the methods your described.

    I came across a simple way to have a name show up as "Sam's Computer" in the same location as the clock. Unfortunately, I have misplaced the instructions. I believe that the same process can be used to place the computer name. Will have to keep searching my old notes and documentation. Just hoping that someone in the Lounge might have come across the method I mentioned above in case I can't find the documentation.

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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    See BgInfo. This is a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> utility from the Sysinternals guys (now part of Microsoft). You can configure it to display a lot of stuff as the background (wallpaper) on the PC.

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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    Ah ha! I found one!

    Not quite what you're looking for, but it may be suitable.

    Whoami is a little program that will create a bitmap image to set as the current desktop wallpaper, displaying various information including the Computer Name.

    Draw back, the end user doesn't get to look at the picture of their kids throwing food at the cats.
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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    Hi There

    There is a way to do this without an application but it requires a registry tweak. I do this on my Application Servers as I have quite a few to play with and it is a real pain when I have 5 Remote Desktop Connections.

    1) Open the Registry Editor (Regedt32)
    2) Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}.
    3) Rename the LocalizedString value to LocalizedString.bak to back it up.
    4) Create a new expanded string (REG_EXPAND_SZ), and name it LocalizedString.
    5) Give the string this value: "My Computer - %COMPUTERNAME%"
    6) Close the Registry Editor.

    On the desktop, My Computer should now display the name of the server (or in your case the PC)
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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    Why not just change the name of the 'My Computer' desktop icon to the name of the computer?

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    Re: Computer Name (XP)

    That's exactly what Jezza is suggesting.

    His solution will work on every computer without needing to know its name, and could be deployed across a network to lots of PCs.

    StuartR

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