How to Rename Windows 11 Network Adapter

This post shows students and new users how to change or rename network adapters in Windows 11 and select unique and custom name that suite your environments.

Windows has always allowed you to rename network adapters. However, in Windows 11, the process is simple and quick and can be done from the main System settings pane with few clicks.

One of the many legacy features that’s also included in Windows 11 is the ability to rename network adapters. This isn’t new, but Windows 11 makes the process easy and painless, even for new users.

When you rename network adapters in Windows, only the name is changed in the systems. All other features and settings remain the same.

To get started with renaming network adapters in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to change Windows 11 network adapters

To change network adapters name in Windows 11 is as simple as few clicks. Simply go to the System’s settings pane, in the network section and do it there.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet, select Advanced network settings on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Ethernet settings pane, select and expand the ether adapter you want to rename. You can expand it by clicking on the download arrow as shown in the image below.

Once expanded, click on the Rename button as highlighted in the image below.

A new pop windows will open where you can type new name for the adapter. You can use a combination of letters, hyphens, spaces and numbers.

When you’re done, click Save to apply your changes.

The new name should immediately take effect without restarting. However, in most cases, full changes are applied after Windows reboots.

That should do it!


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