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Windows Network

I have renamed my Workgroup on a Windows network but can't get rid of the old name.  How do I get rid of the old Workgroup name?
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acapone
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GleasonGuyCommented:
Where did you rename it? Where is the old name still visible?
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jatcanCommented:
As far as I know you go to network applet in control panel, select "identification" tab, delete whatever is in the workgroup section and enter the new one. Is this not working for you?

Jatcan
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acaponeAuthor Commented:
Tried this, I still have the old names in the Network
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acaponeAuthor Commented:
I tried this! I still have the old name there.
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jsaCommented:
Have you checked your ini files? Maybe there's something in protocol.ini, system.ini or win.ini.
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jatcanCommented:
Try changing the computer name here and see if it sticks after reboot:
start button\run\type "regedit" then click registry\export registry fiel\browse to a convenient location, give the file a name and click save,this will bacup your registry, if you have problems after changing the following boot into safe mode by holding down the control key when booting and dblclck the file to restore the registry to it's state before the change.

hkey_locale_machine\system\currentcontrolset\control\computer name......... in right side of regedit, right click "computer name" choose modify & enter new computer name,close regedit and reboot,,, this should work.

Jatcan

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jatcanCommented:
Also change the computer name in the vnetsetup folder of the registry at:

hkey_local_machine\system\currentcontrolset\services\VxD\highlight vnetsup folder and change computer name on the right pane by same method as last post,(rightclcik,select modify, enter new pc name) hope this helps!

Jatcan
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daddudeCommented:
Could those old names be coming from the other computers on the network?
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jatcanCommented:
Sorry not client IDs or workgroup names, if it was IPs/subnet masks, or dhcp servers maybe, but I really don't think client ID's or workgroup names are assigned dynamically. There's one per workstation/workgroup and that's that.

Jatcan
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acaponeAuthor Commented:
I will try some of these new suggestions over the weekend

Thanks
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jatcanCommented:
Sorry to get of track. If you go to the regkey, vnetsup (directions above) and just rightclick the worgroup key, select modify, enter new workgroup name, that would do it. Don't know why I got on computer names, you don't have a problem with them, my only excuse is it was a busy night at work!!!! and I was very tired, which I seem to always be lately, I'm addicted to my PC, it keeps me up all night long, better than a woman if you ask me, it doesn't talk back, does what I say(for the most part) and hey, it's even getting to be kinda cute!!!!!!!..................my god I'm losing it....I need a break I think..........hope my wife doesn't see this.........L8tr dudes....

Jatcan
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Derek_Anderson_PcvangoCommented:
Assuming your PC is still connected to a network, some other unit is broadcasting the name and that is why you still see it.  Another computer would then still be using that workgroup name, and they still have file or print services still running.

If you are not connected to the network and have file or print sharing enabled then you would only see your computer name in the neighborhood, not the workgroup name.
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daddudeCommented:
Did I not point you toward other computers on the network 2 days prior to Derek?  
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acaponeAuthor Commented:
Looks like jatcan solution did the trick.  Thanks to evewryone for repling
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daddudeCommented:
It looks like you gave the points to Derek.
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jatcanCommented:
He hasn't given the points to anyone yet. Just reject the proposed answer from derek and accept my comment as an answer and all will be well. Thanks, glad it worked out for you.

Jatcan
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jatcanCommented:
Derek, first time I seen you here so.., usually the techs here post only comments, then the person needing help will choose which solution(comment) worked best for him/her and accept the comment as an answer. Thanks & welcome to the club!

Jatcan
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acaponeAuthor Commented:
What are the points all about?
Now that my problem is solved what do I do so I stop getting replies?
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jatcanCommented:
The first thing you gotta do is reject the proposed answer, then go to one of my comments and click the "accept as answer" link in the upper right corner of my comment. Or, reject the proposed answer and ask me to post as answer, I will do that, then you accept the answer. I get the points and you get no more messages......and thank you.

Jatcan
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acaponeAuthor Commented:
thanks again!
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daddudeCommented:
Acapone, once you gave the points to Derek after I pointed in that direction, I thought I helped solve your problem. Just a misunderstanding. Sorry, enjoy the site. I was just (over)hoping I could get some virgin points. The other people here are great and far above me.  
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acaponeAuthor Commented:
Sorry - I am new at this and don't even know what the points represent.  I just used this for the first time and found it very informative.
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jatcanCommented:
No need to appologize. **** happens...

Jatcan
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