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How to rename a network adapter in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

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This article describes how to rename a network adapter in Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012.
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Use the Network Connections item in Control Panel

When you right-click a network connection in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012, nothing happens. Therefore, you must open the Network Connections item in Control Panel to rename a network adapter.

To open the Network Connections item in Control Panel, use one of the following methods.
  • Method 1
    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
    2. In the search box, type ncpa.cpl.
    3. Tap or click the displayed Ncpa.cpl icon.
  • Method 2
    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
    2. Tap or click Settings.
    3. In the search box, type network connections.
    4. Tap or click View network connections.
  • Method 3
    1. Press Windows Logo key+R to open the Run window.
    2. Type ncpa.cpl.
    3. Tap or click OK.
  • Method 4
    1. Open Control Panel.
    2. Tap or click Network and Sharing Center.
    3. Tap or click Change adapter settings in the navigation pane.
  • Method 5
    1. Right-click the Network icon in the notification area.
    2. Tap or click Network and Sharing Center.
To rename a network adapter, use one of the following methods after you open the Network Connections item in Control Panel:
  • Right-click the desired network adapter, and then tap or click Rename.
  • Select the desired network adapter, and then tap or click Rename this connection at the top of the window.
  • Select the desired network adapter, and then press F2.

Use Windows PowerShell cmdlets (for advanced users)

You can also use Windows PowerShell cmdlets to rename a network adapter in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. To view the names of the network adapters, run the following Windows PowerShell cmdlet:
    Get-NetAdapter
  2. To rename a network adapter, run the following Windows PowerShell cmdlet: 
    Rename-NetAdapter -Name <Name> -NewName <New name>
    For example, run the following Windows PowerShell cmdlet to rename the "Ethernet network" adapter to "ManagementAdapter:"
    Rename-NetAdapter –Name Ethernet –NewName ManagementAdapter
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Article ID: 2729523 - Last Review: 08/14/2015 07:13:00 - Revision: 4.0

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