PowerShell for Windows Admins

Jul 16 2017   3:56AM GMT

Change a computer’s description

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway


The Win32_OperatingSystem class exposes the machines Description. This is how you can easily change a computer’s description.

PS> Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem | select Description


PS> Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem | Set-CimInstance -Property @{Description = 'Richards Laptop'}
PS> Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem | select Description

Richards Laptop

You can see that the description is originally blank. Get the CimInstance of Win32_OperatingSystem and pipe it to Set-CimInstance. The property to change and its new value are held in the hash table that’s the value given to the –Property parameter. You can modify multiple properties at once – just add them as property-value pairs to the hash table

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  • pa1adin
    On my machine (Winy) it exposes the Operating System's Description, not, as the article title claims, the Machine Description.
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  • Richard Siddaway
    On my Windows 10 machine it returns the description of the machine PS> Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_OperatingSystem | select description description ----------- Richards Laptop which matches the description in Control panel -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Computer name tab -> computer description field can you show me your code that produces the operating system's description
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