Desktop Tweaks - Show User and Computer Name on Desktop

This tweak will rename "My Computer" to "Username on Computername" making it simple to determine which computer you are logged on to and which username you are logged on as.

  1. Open the Registry Editor (Using REGEDT32.EXE, this is necessary for REG_EXPAND_SZ) click on the Start button on your taskbar, then click on Run and type "regedt32" and click on OK to start the regedit utility.
  2. Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} (see picture 1).

    Picture 1
  3. Rename the value named "LocalizedString" to "LocalizedString.old". Create a new REG_EXPAND_SZ value named "LocalizedString", and set the value to "%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%".
  4. Exit the registry editor, click on your desktop and press F5 (for refresh). The "My Computer" icon should now be rename to "Username on Computername".

For Windows 2000

  1. Rename the value named "LocalizedString" to "LocalizedString.old".
  2. Create a new REG_EXPAND_SZ value named "LocalizedString", and copy the contents of the original value to the new value except change the words "My Computer" to equal "%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%".

    For example, the new "LocalizedString" value may equal "@C:\WINNT\system32\shell32.dll,-9216@1033,%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%".

Note: Users of Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater should use the method for Windows XP.



Lex van der Horst

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