Finding the computer name on a University Owned PC

Use these steps to find your "Full computer name." The computer name uniquely identifies your computer.

Method 1: Find the Computer Name at the Logon Screen

Method 2: Find the Computer Name after logging in

Alternative Method: Find the Service Tag

Method 1: Find the Computer Name at the Logon Screen :

  1. In the User Name box, type a period followed by a slash: 
    • Note: You might need to click the Switch User button if someone has already signed in
  2. The Computer Name appears below the password box, next to the words Sign in to:

Method 2 : Finding the Computer Name after Logging In

1. Sign into the computer.

2. Open the System menu by right-clicking the Start button in the lower-left corner of the desktop, then click System.

  • Note: The System menu can also be opened using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Pause Break

3. Under Device specifications, find the Device Name. This is your "computer name."

In the example screenshot below, the computer name is UWM002268.

Find the Device Name

Alternate Method: Find your computer Service Tag 

IT support staff can also identify a Dell computer by the Service Tag.

Look for the service tag in the following locations:

Desktops: On a sticker on top of the computer, and on a bar code on the rear of the computer.


Laptops: Printed on the underside of the laptop, usually with a small bar code or QR code.


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Owner:JJ S.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2015-02-16 11:09 CDTUpdated:2021-04-19 11:15 CDT
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