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Computer registered to the wrong person, how do i change it?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by matt.choules, Sep 3, 2004.

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  1. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

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    Hiya people,

    Easy question, how do i change the registration details for my computer... The guy i bought my PC from put in the wrong name and i want to change it...
    ^_^

    Matt.
     
  2. Emtronics

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    Change the Registered Owner as listed in the Properties of My Computer??

    START/Run and type: regedit
    Press OK

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version

    Look for an entry; Registered Owner
    double click it and change the value to your name. Save and close

    You may need to reboot to see the change....also, this is a registry change, be careful, and backup backup backup...

    BTW, this is assuming you are using XP???
     
  3. tjmoes

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    What if there isn't any entry for registered owner
     
  4. mike5532g

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    Automate the above process using this utility. (This utility works in Windows 9x/2000/XP)
     
  5. Emtronics

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    oops, the correct path should be as above except that it's Windows NT\Current Version instead of just "Windows".
     
  6. tjmoes

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    ok i got it changed but there is a documents folder with old owners name and i can not rename it to mine i change the the atrribs to archive but it still says cant not rename, all my files and programs are in the all users folder :confused: I thought u could just change in the propteries or the security part but it won't :(
     
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    folder is working as a system folder and wont rename even reclaiming it
     
  9. Emtronics

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    Yep! You can't "rename" a System Folder. Just for fun and to see what would happen, I tried to change the name on an XP Home computer. The Registered Owner was easy but the "named" folder remained in Windows Explorer. I opened the registery editor (Start\Run\regedit) and did a seach for that "name" and changed it on every instance. Took about an hour to do. When I rebooted, XP looked like it does after a fresh install. While all the software was there, none of it worked. Did a System Restore and everything was back including the "name" folder. Bottom line? You will just have to live with the folder(s) or reformat.

    Maybe someone here knows a tweak that will change the "name" (not permissions) of a System folder, I'm waiting too.
     
  10. tjmoes

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    It isnt actually a systems folder I think its the persons users folder in the Doc and settings folder but i noticed that on my other puters the folder is renamed, I just would to change that name
     
  11. ILuvmySailor

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    Does this same Info work to change the registered name In windows 2000?
     
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    Hi ILuvmySailor, the utility I provided above will also work in Windows 2000.
     
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