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SystemInformation.ComputerName Property

Gets the NetBIOS computer name of the local computer.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public static string ComputerName { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The name of this computer.

The ComputerName property retrieves the NetBIOS name of the local computer. This name is established at system startup, when the system reads it from the registry. If the local computer is a node in a cluster, ComputerName returns the name of the cluster virtual server.

You can use the ComputerName method to determine the name of the computer that is displayed to other users on a network.

The following code example lists all properties of the SystemInformation class in a ListBox and displays the current value of the property in a TextBox when a list item selected.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace SystemInfoBrowser
{
    public class SystemInfoBrowserForm : System.Windows.Forms.Form
    {
        private System.Windows.Forms.ListBox listBox1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox textBox1;        

        public SystemInfoBrowserForm()
	    {
            this.SuspendLayout();
            InitForm();

            // Add each property of the SystemInformation class to the list box.
            Type t = typeof(System.Windows.Forms.SystemInformation);            
            PropertyInfo[] pi = t.GetProperties();            
            for( int i=0; i<pi.Length; i++ )
                listBox1.Items.Add( pi[i].Name );            
            textBox1.Text = "The SystemInformation class has "+pi.Length.ToString()+" properties.\r\n";

            // Configure the list item selected handler for the list box to invoke a  
            // method that displays the value of each property.
            listBox1.SelectedIndexChanged += new EventHandler(listBox1_SelectedIndexChanged);
            this.ResumeLayout(false);
	    }
		
        private void listBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Return if no list item is selected. 
            if( listBox1.SelectedIndex == -1 ) return;
            // Get the property name from the list item.
            string propname = listBox1.Text;

            if( propname == "PowerStatus" )
            {
                // Cycle and display the values of each property of the PowerStatus property.
                textBox1.Text += "\r\nThe value of the PowerStatus property is:";                                
                Type t = typeof(System.Windows.Forms.PowerStatus);
                PropertyInfo[] pi = t.GetProperties();            
                for( int i=0; i<pi.Length; i++ )
                {
                    object propval = pi[i].GetValue(SystemInformation.PowerStatus, null);            
                    textBox1.Text += "\r\n    PowerStatus."+pi[i].Name+" is: "+propval.ToString();
                }
            }
            else
            {
                // Display the value of the selected property of the SystemInformation type.
                Type t = typeof(System.Windows.Forms.SystemInformation);
                PropertyInfo[] pi = t.GetProperties();            
                PropertyInfo prop = null;
                for( int i=0; i<pi.Length; i++ )
                    if( pi[i].Name == propname )
                    {
                        prop = pi[i];
                        break;           
                    }
                object propval = prop.GetValue(null, null);            
                textBox1.Text += "\r\nThe value of the "+propname+" property is: "+propval.ToString();
            }
        }

        private void InitForm()
        {
            // Initialize the form settings 
            this.listBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListBox();
            this.textBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();            
            this.listBox1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)((((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Bottom) 
                | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left) | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
            this.listBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 16);
            this.listBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(172, 496);
            this.listBox1.TabIndex = 0;            
            this.textBox1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)(((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Bottom) 
                | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
            this.textBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(188, 16);
            this.textBox1.Multiline = true;
            this.textBox1.ScrollBars = System.Windows.Forms.ScrollBars.Vertical;           
            this.textBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(420, 496);
            this.textBox1.TabIndex = 1;            
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(616, 525);            
            this.Controls.Add(this.textBox1);
            this.Controls.Add(this.listBox1);            
            this.Text = "Select a SystemInformation property to get the value of";                   
        }

        [STAThread]
        static void Main() 
        {
            Application.Run(new SystemInfoBrowserForm());
        }
    }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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