How to change workgroup in Windows 10

How to change workgroup in Windows 10

If your PC is on a large network at work or school, it probably belongs to a domain. If your PC is on your home network, it belongs to a workgroup or homegroup.

When you setup the network, Windows will automatically create a workgroup and name it WORKGROUP. You can join an existing workgroup on the network or create a new one. Workgroups provide facilities for sharing files and printers, but don’t actually set up sharing for you.

This tutorial will show you how to change the workgroup on a Windows 10 PC to join an existing workgroup on the network or create a new workgroup.

Note:

If your network includes PCs running Windows XP, you may need to change the workgroup name on those PCs to match the workgroup name on PCs running newer versions of Windows so you can view and connect to them all. PC on my network.

You should only use standard Internet characters in the workgroup name. The standard characters are numbers 0 through 9, uppercase letters, lowercase letters A through Z, and a hyphen (-) character. The PC name must not contain an entire number, nor should there be spaces. The name must also not contain special characters, such as:

`~ @ # $% ^ & () = + [] {} | ; :, ‘”. <> /?

Change the workgroup in System Properties

1. Open Control Panel (Large icon view)> click System. On Windows 10 build 20161, open Settings> click the System icon and click About on the left side.

Faster, can press Win + R , type sysdm.cpl > press Enter and go to step 3 below to open System Properties.

2. Click the Advanced system settings link on the left side or click the Change settings link on the right side.

Click the Advanced system settings link

3. If prompted by UAC, click Yes.

4. Click the Computer Name tab and click the Change button .

Click the Computer Name tab> Change

5. Select Workgroup in Member of at the bottom, and then do one of the following:

To join an existing workgroup, enter the name of the domain you want to join, then click OK.

To create a new workgroup, enter the name of the workgroup you want to create, then click OK.

Select Workgroup in Member of at the bottom

6. Click OK to close the message window.

Click OK

7. Click OK.

The computer will not restart at this step

Note : This has not yet restarted the computer.

8. Verify the new workgroup name and click Close.

Verify the new workgroup name and click Close

9. Click Restart now to restart your PC and apply the workgroup name.

This will immediately restart your PC. Make sure to save and close anything that you have open before doing this.

Change the workgroup in the Command Prompt

1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

2. Enter the command below into the Command Prompt and press Enter.

wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" call joindomainorworkgroup name="Workgroup-Name"

Replace Workgroup-Name in the command above with the actual name of the workgroup you want to join, or create it in quotes.

For example:

wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" call joindomainorworkgroup name="BrinkGroup"

3. When done, close the Command Prompt and restart the computer to apply the changes.

Change the workgroup in PowerShell

1. Open PowerShell as admin.

2. Enter the command below into PowerShell and press Enter.

Add-Computer -WorkGroupName "Name"

Replace Name in the command above with the real name of the workgroup you want to join, or create in quotes.

For example:

Add-Computer -WorkGroupName "BRINKGROUP"

3. When done, close PowerShell and restart your computer to apply changes.

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