The default network adapter name is boring? You can change it. Here is how to change the network adapter name in Windows 10 & 11.
Windows uses special network adapters for network connections. For example, WiFi has its own network adapter, and so does Ethernet. Whether it is an actual or virtual network adapter, Windows or the network adapter automatically assigns a default name. For example, a Wi-Fi adapter is called “WiFi” and an Ethernet adapter is called “Ethernet. As you can see, you can quickly determine which adapter belongs to WiFi and Ethernet.
The default names are useful, but if you don’t like the name of your network adapter or are tired of the generic default name, you can change the name.
Here is how to rename a network adapter in Windows 10 and 11 OS, without the extra details.
Table of Contents:
- Renaming a network adapter from settings
- Commands to rename a network adapter
- Changing a network adapter from control panel <7
The following procedure works the same in Windows 10 and 11.
Renaming a Network Adapter from Settings
You can rename a network adapter directly from the Windows Settings app. It takes only a few clicks.
- Start the configuration with ” Start+I “.
- Go to the ” Network and Internet ” tab.
- Go to ” Advanced Network Settings ” page.
- Expand Network Adapters.
- Click the ” Rename ” button.
- Enter a new name for the network adapter .
- Click the ” Save ” button.
- You have now renamed the network adapter .
- Exit the “Configuration” application.
First, launch the Windows “Settings” application with the keyboard shortcut “Start+I”. Next, open the “Network and Internet” tab.
On this page you will see all the options and settings for Windows Network and Internet. Click on “Advanced Network Settings” at the bottom.
This page shows all the network adapters available for your computer. Find the network adapter you wish to rename in the list and expand it. Then click the “Rename” button.
Enter a new name for the network adapter in the space provided and click the “Save” button.
You have now successfully renamed the network adapter from the Settings app in Windows 10 and 11.
You can rename any other available network adapter using the same procedure.
Network Adapter Rename Command
There is a simple command to rename a network adapter in Windows. Here is how to rename a network adapter from the command prompt, i.e., from the command prompt or PowerShell.
- Right click on the Start menu icon .
- Select ” Windows Terminal (Admin) “.
- Execute the following command Get the name of the current network adapter.
netsh interface show interface
- Copy the network adapter name that you want to change.
- Execute the following command , replacing the old name with the new name.
netsh interface set interface name="oldName" newname="newName"
- Close the terminal window.
- Now you have renamed the network adapter .
In Windows 10 or 11, right click on the Start menu and select “Windows Terminal (Admin)”. You can also select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”.
In the Terminal window, run the following command to obtain the name of the network adapter. Copy the name of the network adapter you wish to rename.
Then run the following command to replace the old and new names with the actual names.
Finally, close the terminal window.
You have now renamed the network adapter from the command line.
Renaming a Network Adapter from the Control Panel
The ability to rename a network adapter is not new. It existed in older versions of Windows. In fact, you can do it from the Control Panel. Here is how to do it.
- Press the Start key .
- Find and open ” Control Panel “.
- Click on ” Network and Sharing Center “.
- Click on the link ” Change adapter settings “.
- Right-click on Network Adapter .
- Click on the link ” Rename “.
- Type a new name and press Enter.
- This is the renamed network adapter .
- Close the Control Panel window.
First, start the “Control Panel”. To do so, look for it in the Start menu. After opening it, navigate to the “Network and Sharing Center” page. Here, click on the “Change adapter settings” link in the sidebar.
Then find the network adapter you want to rename and right click on it. Select “Rename”.
Then type in the new name you have chosen and press “Enter”.
You have now renamed the network adapter from the control panel.
You can now exit the control panel.
That’s it. Renaming a network adapter in Windows 10 and 11 is very easy.
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