Modify the Computer icon text to show logged on username in Windows Server 2008 (R2)

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Changing the text on the Computer icon on your Remote Desktop Services Session Host is handy when a user calls you and you want to know which Session Host the user is logged on. The procedure to do this has changed since Windows Server 2003.

Follow these steps to change the text on a Windows Server 2008 (R2) machine:

  1. Logon to your server with the Administrator account.
  2. Start RegEdit and navigate to the following key: HKCR\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  3. If necessary, take the ownership of this key, grant yourself full control rights and then edit the LocalizedString value.
  4. In the edit window type: %UserName% on %ComputerName%. Click OK and close RegEdit.
  5. Press F5 somewhere on the desktop and the text on the Computer icon should now display the logged on user name.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@=”My Computer”

Tested on Windows Server 2008 R2 Build 7600.

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