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Change Registered Computer Info

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lschul, Dec 16, 2006.

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  1. lschul

    lschul Thread Starter

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    In most of my applications, it can bring up the name of my computer, I just installed MS Publisher and it brings up my company name which is great but the word "Mountain" is abbreviated and I want it to read Mountain. I go in to control panel, system and it shows it there as being Mtn...is there any way to change that?
     
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  3. Frank4d

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    To change the registered owner or registered organization, you're going to need to edit the registry using regedit or a third party registry editor.

    Most applications get the information from these two key values:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegisteredOwner, and
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegisteredOrganization.

    A few third part apps get the information there, and then create their own registry entries, and then use those (so you might have to do lots of editing).

    If you just want to change the computer name, do what Lance1 posted.
     
  4. lschul

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    I see how to change the computer name, thanks, but that isn't what I need. When I go to control panel, system, under the General Tab it has my name which is fine, then my company which reads "Rocky Mtn" rather than "Rocky Mountain" which is what I would like to change it to. I am not sure I want to mess with the registry. If I have to do that, I will just let this annoyance alone. Thanks!
     
  5. Augie65

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    Here is a guide from Microsoft like Frank4d suggested. Just create a restore point before you make the change just in case.
     
  6. lschul

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    Thanks!
     
  7. Frank4d

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    Type or paste the following string at a command prompt and hit enter:
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v RegisteredOrganization /t REG_SZ /d "Rocky Mountain" /f

    Note: REG is a command that works in XP (not in NT/2000).

    Edit: Thought I would explain exactly what this does since you are understandably leary of editing the registry:
    REG ADD = runs reg.exe with the command to add something to the registry or edit something already there.
    "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" = the registry key to add or edit.
    /v RegisteredOrganization = the value to add or edit.
    /t REG_SZ = the data type for the value to add or edit.
    /d "Rocky Mountain" = the data to add or edit.
    /f = force the change, even if it conflicts with something already there (which in your case is already "Rocky Mtn").
     
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