Rename Hardware in Device Manager on Windows 11/10

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Each of your hardware parts has a name when you see them in the Device Manager. They usually have a fixed name that represents their brands and models. However, you can actually change the name of these devices, and they will show up as a different name in the Device Manager. This guide will show you how to do it.

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How to rename hardware in Device Manager on Windows 11 10

How to rename hardware and devices in device manager on Windows 11 or 10

Before we start renaming, you should know this task involves dealing with the Windows Registry. This part of your computer holds a lot of settings. It’s always a good idea to create a system restore point or backup the registry first. With a restore point, if something goes wrong, you can get things back to how they were. Follow the steps below to change the name of any hardware in Device Manager.

  1. Open Device Manager on your Windows 11 or 10 system. You can do this by searching for “Device Manager” in the start menu or typing devmgmt.msc in the Run dialog (press Windows key + R).
    Open Device Manager Windows 11
  2. Once it’s open, look through the list for the hardware you want to rename. Right-click on it and select “Properties”.
    Hardware properties Device Manager Windows 11
  3. In the Properties window, click on the “Details” tab. There’s a dropdown menu labeled “Property”, select “Driver key” from it.
    Device Manager Details Driver Key
  4. Now, a text value will show below. Right-click on this value and choose “Copy” to save the driver key, which you’ll need later.
    Copy Driver Key of a hardware in Device Manager
  5. Hit Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog box. Type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
    Open Registry Editor
  6. In the Registry Editor, either use the address bar to go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum or browse there manually.
    Rename hardware device manager registry
  7. Right-click on the “Enum” key, choose “Find”.
    Find driver key from registry editor Windows 11
  8. In the “Find what” box, paste the driver key you copied before and click “Find Next”. The editor will search and highlight the entry you need.
    Find hardware of device manager in registry for renaming
  9. If there’s a value named “FriendlyName”, double-click to edit. If not, right-click, choose “New” > “String Value”, and name it “FriendlyName”. Double-click your new “FriendlyName” value.
    Registry editor FriendlyName Windows 11
  10. Type in the new name you want for your hardware in the “Value data” box. This will be the name shown in Device Manager. Hit “OK” to save it.
    Rename Device Manager
  11. To see your changes, go back to Device Manager, click the “Action” menu, and pick “Scan for hardware changes”.
    Device Manager Scan for hardware changes
  12. Now, your renamed hardware should show up with its new name.
    Rename hardware device manager Windows 11

Related resource: Check PC Hardware Manufacturer & Model via WMIC in CMD

Some common issues you might see

Below are some issues you might run into while renaming devices in Device Manager, along with some tips to note.

Device manager doesn’t show the new name

If you don’t see the new name in Device Manager after refreshing, restarting your computer might help. Some changes need a reboot to take effect.

Trouble opening the registry editor

If you’re having trouble opening the Registry Editor, make sure you have admin rights. You need these rights because changing the registry can affect your system.

Changed the wrong registry value by mistake

If you’ve accidentally changed the wrong registry value, it could mess up your system. It’s very important to back up the registry before you start. If you make a mistake, you can use the backup to fix it.

“FriendlyName” value isn’t saving

If you can’t save your changes to the “FriendlyName” value, you might not have enough permissions. Check that you’re logged in as an admin. If you still have trouble, there could be system policies stopping you from making changes.

Choose clear and specific names

When you’re renaming hardware, pick names that are clear and specific. This helps you quickly identify the right device, especially in a system with many similar ones.

Try not to rename too often

Changing names too often can be confusing and might cause mistakes. It’s best to change names only when you really need to, and keep track of old and new names just in case.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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