Renaming a Network Connection in Windows 8

Internet has become the part and partial of life. To enable your PC to connect to the internet it requires a set of information called network connection. This allows you to connect to the Internet, a network, or another system. Upon installing a network adapter in your system, Windows automatically names and creates a connection for it in the Network Connections folder along with local area connection for an Ethernet network adapter and for a wireless network connection a wireless network adapter. Today we will be discussing about how you can change the name of a network connection in Windows 8.

Rename Network Connection Windows 8Here is the procedure how you can rename a Network Connection in Windows 8. To be able to performs the steps you are required to sign-in as an administrator.

When you name a network connection make sure that it doesn’t contain tabs or any of the following characters: \ / : * ? < > |

Procedures to Rename a Network Connection in Windows 8

Rename Network Connection in Network Connections Folder

Follow the steps below to rename Network Connection from Network Connections Folder

  • On Windows 8 desktop view, right click on the Network icon in the taskbar notification area

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  • Next, click on Open Network and Sharing option
  • In Network and Sharing Center window, in the left pane click on the Change adapter settings link

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  • Select the connection you want to rename and click on Rename this connection in the toolbar

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  • Upon prompted by UAC, click on Yes.
  • Enter a new name for the connection and hit Enter.

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You can now see that your network connection name has been renamed.

Rename Network Connection in an Elevated Command Prompt

Follow the steps below to rename Network Connection from Elevated Command Prompt

  • First, open elevated command prompt by typing cmd in the run box
  • When the elevated command prompt opens, copy and paste the command given below and hit Enter. This will show you the list of your current network connections.

netsh interface show interface

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  • You can view the “Interface Name” column, under this you can see a list of the network connect name select the one you want to rename
  • Again in the elevated command prompt, type the command given below and hit Enter. This command will rename the network connection.

netsh interface set interface name=”CURRENT NAME” newname=”NEW NAME”

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  • Once done close the elevated command prompt.

That’s all. You can now see that your network connection has been renamed.

Upon following the tutorial described here you can rename the Network Connection in Windows 8.

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