How to Change Workgroup in Windows 11

This article describes steps you can take to change the workgroup when using a Windows 11 machine.

Every Windows machine comes with a default workgroup name WORKGROUP. A Workgroup is a collection of network devices that are related to each other or in the same domain.

A workgroup provides the basis for files and printer sharing, and also allows sharing of network resources within the same workgroup. Devices that are members of the same workgroup will access and share resources within that workgroup.

Below is how to change a workgroup a computer belongs to with Windows 11.

Change the workgroup a PC belongs to in Windows 11

As described above, a workgroup provides the basis for files and printer sharing, and also allows sharing of network resources within the same workgroup.

Below is how to change the workgroup on a PC with Windows 11

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu button and selecting the Settings app. Alternatively, press the keyboard shortcuts (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Settings app opens, click the System button on the left.

system button in windows settings app
system button in the windows settings app

On the right, click on the About tile to expand.

windows about pane tile
windows about pane tile

On the System -> About settings pane, click the Advanced system settings link as highlighted below.

windows about advanced system settings
windows about advanced system settings

On the pop-up System Properties window, select the Computer Name tab. Then click on the Change button as highlighted below.

windows system properties computer name tab
windows system properties computer name tab

On the pop-up Computer Name/Domain Changes window, select the Workgroup radio button, then type a new workgroup name in the box below Workgroup.

windows computer name and domain change window
Windows computer name and domain change window

When you do that, you will get a prompt welcoming you to the new workgroup name. A workgroup name cannot contain spaces or special characters, including the ones below:

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Click on OK, restart your computer and you are done.

windows change workgroup name complete
windows change workgroup name complete

Change the workgroup name via Command Prompt

If you want to use the Command Prompt to change the workgroup name on a Windows 11 computer, then use the steps below.

First, open the Command Prompt as administrator.

Then run the format of the command below:

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

Replace “Type-Workgroup-Name” with the name you want to change to. For example, to change to a new workgroup called GEEKREWIND, type the command below.

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

Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Change the workgroup name via Windows PowerShell

Users can also use the Windows PowerShell app to change the workgroup for a PC running Windows 11. Below is how to do that.

First, open the Windows PowerShell app as administrator.

Then run the command format below:

Add-Computer -WorkGroupName "Type-Workgroup-Name"

Replace “Type-Workgroup-Name” with the name you want to change to. For example, to change to a new workgroup called GEEKREWIND, type the command below.’

Add-Computer -WorkGroupName "GEEKREWIND"

Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the workgroup name on a PC running Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.