how to change name of registered owner and company?

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How do you change the details of the registered owner and company in XP
so that on change of machine ownership the old owner's details no longer
appear when installing software etc?
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    it's in the registry, usually in a couple of places. The PRIMARY place is
    here, many installers look here and use it as their default, but then save
    whatever the installing person typed into their own private application-
    specific reg location. So you'll need to search the reg carefully for
    all occurances of "your name", or whatever.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]
    "RegisteredOrganization"="Rings of the World"
    "RegisteredOwner"="Bingo Baggins"
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    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    RegisteredOrganization
    RegisteredOwner

    Or

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
    RegisteredOrganization
    RegisteredOwner


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    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:42bae677$0$27715$5a62ac22@per-qv1-newsreader-01.iinet.net.au,
    Doug McKean <dougmckean@iinet.net.au> hunted and pecked:
    > How do you change the details of the registered owner and company in XP
    > so that on change of machine ownership the old owner's details no longer
    > appear when installing software etc?
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Doug McKean wrote:
    > How do you change the details of the registered owner and company in XP
    > so that on change of machine ownership the old owner's details no longer
    > appear when installing software etc?


    With second-hand computers, especially if acquired from strangers
    but perhaps even if acquired from a family member or friend, your wisest
    course of action would probably be to format the hard drives and start
    fresh. You don't want to get in trouble because the original owner may
    have filled the hard drive with kiddie porn, or have problems because
    the original owner downloaded/installed viruses or other malware.

    However, to fix the "Registered to" information for WinNT/2K/XP,
    you can use Start > Run > Regedit.exe to edit:

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\RegisteredOwner

    and:

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current
    Version\RegisteredOrganization


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  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Doug McKean wrote:

    > How do you change the details of the registered owner and company in XP
    > so that on change of machine ownership the old owner's details no longer
    > appear when installing software etc?

    One way to do it is to run regedit. Do a search for the former
    owner's name. When found, edit the value in the key and replace
    with desired information. Repeat for company name, if not visible
    on another line in the same key. NOTE: When manipulating the
    Windows Registry, make sure that it has been backed up.
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