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Hi. I can't find this anywhere.

On My Mac Login Screen (where you choose user) there is a message
Ex: (jl's computer)

I need help figuring out how to change this.

Help is greatly apreciated

(I'm more of a Windows Guy)

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The only way to change this is reinstalling the system with start up disks,

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i think you will find this is done when the computer was installed i dont think you can change this without reinstalling the system. have u got start up disks, worth doing if you are the new owner any way n run

its like when u first put widows on it asks you for company name ha ha then it crashes

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