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Change Computer’s Owner Name

Posted By On May 14, 2005 @ 1:17 PM In System Tune-Up Help | No Comments

Q:
I got a used computer and it has the old owners name on it. Is there a way to change this?

A:
Yes, you can go into the registry and change the owner name. We always recommend that you back up the registry before making any changes—here’s how…
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Go to Start/Run and type in “regedit” without the quotes (Win 2000 type “regedt32″)

With Windows XP (and probably Win 2000) navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion

Click the “CurrentVersion” folder and look for the “RegisteredOwner” key. Double click and change the value to your name. You can also change the “RegisteredOrganization” if you want to.

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When finished go to File/Exit.

With Windows 98 (not sure about ME but you can try this path) find your way to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/System/CurrentControlSet/Control

Click the “CurrentUser” key and change it to your name.

When finished go to File/Exit.

To verify your changes, right click My Computer and choose “Properties”. Under “Registered to” it should show the new name and organization.

Now the computer is really yours!

~ David

David Samuel Thomas


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