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recently we switched the names of 2 computers in a small network (lets say the first was visible as "one" in the network, and the other was "two", we just switched their names). Now the windows xp machines in the network picked up the change, but there is one Windows 7 that has still not updated its computer name to computer ip address mapping. Is there a way to clear any cache in windows 7 or just make it refresh it ?

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try ipconfig /flushdns in cmd

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nope, does not work :/ –  xenry Nov 8 '10 at 12:07
rebooted win7? faced same trouble on win7 yesterday. Flush then reboot helped me. –  stim Nov 8 '10 at 12:48
yes, several times, still not working –  xenry Nov 9 '10 at 7:55
Well, the problem was that for some reason the computer name to ip address mapping was hardcoded in the "System32\drivers\etc\hosts" file =) Thanks for the help, much appreciated! –  xenry Nov 10 '10 at 17:42

Ok, do you have AD in your network? Anyway, try to disable Microsoft Computer Browser Service service in win7. You must wait more than 15 min to see effect.

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I know this is an old issue, but here is something I tried, and it worked:

  • open services.msc on the affected PC
  • find the Computer Browser service
  • Stop the service
  • Refresh File Browser with the network location open
  • Start the Computer Browser service

Your new name should appear.

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