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Changing the Registered Owner (User Name) or Registered Organization Name (Windows 7, Vista and XP)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq desktop computers with Windows 7, Vista or XP.
This document describes how to change the registered owner (user name) or organization name in Windows 7, Vista and XP. Complete the following steps:
  1. Create a restore point. A restore point represents the computer configuration at a given moment in time. Making a restore point allows the computer to be set back to this same configuration in case the Registry is damaged while making changes. See one of the following documents if you need more information:
  2. Open the Registry Editor:
    • Windows 7 and Windows Vista - Click Start , type regedit in the Search box, and then click regedit from the search results.
      If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, enter it now.
      Figure 1: Opening Registry Editor in Windows 7 or Windows Vista
      Opening Registry Editor in Windows 7 or Vista
    • Windows XP - Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type regedit, and then press Enter.
    The Registry Editor opens.
  3. In the left pane, expand the tree view by double-clicking each of the following Registry keys:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    • SOFTWARE
    • Microsoft
    • Windows NT
  4. Click CurrentVersion.
    Figure 2: Registry Editor
    Registry Editor
  5. If you want to change the owner name, double-click RegisteredOwner. Type a new owner name, and then click OK.
    Figure 3: Change the registered owner
    Change the registered owner
    If you want to change the organization name, double-click RegisteredOrganization. Type a new organization name, and then click OK.
    Figure 4: Change the registered organization
    Change the registered organization
  6. Close the Registry Editor.
    The owner and organization names are changed.

Confirming the changes

The registered owner and organization are listed on the About Windows information screen. Follow these steps to confirm the new owner and organization names:
  1. To confirm the changes, open a Windows Explorer window. Right-click Start, and then click Explore (Windows XP) or Open Windows Explorer (Windows 7 and Windows Vista).
  2. In the Windows Explorer menu bar, click Help, and then click About Windows.
    NOTE:In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, press Alt to open the menu bar.
    Figure 5: Opening About Windows
    Opening About Windows
    The About Windows information screen displays. Verify that the owner and organization names show your changes.
    Figure 6: About Windows
    About Windows

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