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Chapter 2. Installing Windows Home Serve... > Customizing the Windows Home Server ...

Customizing the Windows Home Server Computer Name in Advance

As you’ll see a bit later, when the Windows Home Server Setup program completes the install, it runs through a configuration process that enables you to specify, among other things, the name of the Windows Home Server computer. However, it’s also possible to specify that name in advance, and Setup won’t prompt you for it later on. You can follow these steps:

Insert a USB flash drive or floppy disk. If you added device driver files to a flash drive or floppy in the previous section, use the same drive or disk.

Use Windows Explorer to open the drive or disk.

Create a new text file named qs.ini.

Right-click the qs.ini file and then click Edit to open the file in Notepad.

Add the following text, and replace Server with the computer name you want to assign to the server:

[Q Setup]


Computer names must be unique in the network workgroup, so don’t enter a name used by an existing machine. Also, computer names can be no longer than 15 characters, and they can only consist of letters, numbers, hyphens (-), and underscores (_).


If you also want to specify your Windows Home Server product key in advance, add the following line to the qs.ini file (where Key is your product key):


Save the file.

Exit Notepad.


To learn how to change the server’s computer name after installation, seeChanging the Name of the Home Server,” p. 138.


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