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#1 floyd

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 02:45 PM

Does anyone out there know how to change the computer owners name. I'm not asking about the users name, but I need the one you type in when you first format the hard drive and XP prompts you for the owners name.
I use Windows XP Home, SP-2.
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Posted 13 June 2005 - 03:32 PM

Changing the name requires an edit of the registry.

Ensure you understand what you are doing as serious damage could occur otherwise.

Also ensure you backup and save a copy of the registry first in case you would have to restore it.


Check out this link on how to change the name >
http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/1613
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Posted 13 June 2005 - 09:55 PM

http://www.real-knowledge.com/naming.htm.be careful when you do this
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Posted 13 June 2005 - 10:30 PM

indiandan, That link doesn't work. Could you copy and paste the relevant information for me or direct me to another link. Maybe you have to be a member for that link to work.
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Posted 13 June 2005 - 10:48 PM

This is the correct link

http://www.real-knowledge.com/naming.htm
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Posted 13 June 2005 - 10:57 PM

This name changing procedure applies to anyone who has purchased a computer from a major company, such as Compaq or Micron, that pre-installed Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Millennium. As these corporations can pre-configure the hardware and software components for an individual user, it is impossible for them to assign your personal name to the Windows operating system. So what they generally do is assign a generic name such as Compaq User or Pre-Installed User to your Windows operating system. I will now show you how to change this information in the Windows registry so that it contains your full personal information.

Let's see if this procedure applies to you. Open your Control Panel by clicking on the Start Button and moving your mouse up to Settings. You will see the Control Panel icon listed at the top for you to click on. After you have opened up your Control Panel, double click on the System icon until it opens. On the right side of the screen, will be the Registered to: information. If this area of the screen does not display your personal first and last name, or if it is incorrectly listed, then you can proceed with the following outlined procedure.

For Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME
Click on your Start Button.

Then click on Run.

Type the word Regedit in the white area then click on the OK button.

Click on the plus sign [+] next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to expand that section.

Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Software to expand that section.

Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Microsoft to expand that section.

Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Windows to expand that section.

Then click on the yellow folder entitled Current Version. Do not click on it's plus sign [+].

Now move over to the right side of the screen and scroll down until you see Registered Owner.

Double click directly onto the words Registered Owner until it opens up for you.

There will be a white entry area entitled Value data: awaiting your input.

Simply type your first and last name into the white area and click on the OK button.

If you also want to add or change the Company information, then please continue onward.

Double click directly onto the words Registered Organization until it opens up for you.

There will also be a white entry area entitled Value data: awaiting your input.

Simply type your Company information into the white area and click on the OK button.

Now close the Registry by clicking on the X box located at the top right corner of the screen.

You now have successfully entered your person information into your operating system.

For Windows XP
Click on your Start Button.

Then click on Run.

Type the word Regedit in the white area then click on the OK button.

Click on the plus sign [+] next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to expand that section.

Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Software to expand that section.

Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Microsoft to expand that section.

Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Windows NT to expand that section.

Then click on the yellow folder entitled Current Version. Do not click on it's plus sign [+].

Now move over to the right side of the screen and scroll down until you see Registered Owner.

Double click directly onto the words Registered Owner until it opens up for you.

There will be a white entry area entitled Value data: awaiting your input.

Simply type your first and last name into the white area and click on the OK button.

If you also want to add or change the Company information, then please continue onward.

Double click directly onto the words Registered Organization until it opens up for you.

There will also be a white entry area entitled Value data: awaiting your input.

Simply type your Company information into the white area and click on the OK button.

Now close the Registry by clicking on the X box located at the top right corner of the screen.

You must reboot your computer for the changes to take effect for Windows XP.

Let's Go and Check it Out
Go back into your Control Panel by clicking on the Start Button and moving your mouse up to Settings. You will see the Control Panel icon listed at the top for you to click on. After you have opened up your Control Panel, double click on the System icon until it opens. On the right side of the screen, will be the Registered to: information. This area should now display your accurate personal information.


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(Moderator Edit: the above quotation is from http://www.real-knowledge.com/naming.htm
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Edited by jgweed, 14 June 2005 - 08:26 AM.

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