A hostname is a specific name assigned to a computer which can be used to easily identify it on a network.

Logged In

  1. Click the Start menu button.
  2. Search for Command Prompt and select the option that appears.
  3. A black box will pop up. Type the following and hit Enter: hostname

The hostname of the computer will be printed on the next line.

Not Logged In

If you are unable to log in to a machine, but it powers on and can display the login screen:

  1. Press Control + Alt + Delete together to bring up the sign in page.
  2. In the username field, type: .\

The text below the Password field will change. It should say Log on to: hostname