Castanet Communications banner image

How to change Windows identities
Author: Craig "hachiroku" Mercer
Date Created:2001-08-26
Operating System(s):Windows Logo imageWindows NT 4.0

So you inherited a PC at work, and every time you install a new software package the setup program thinks you are somebody else. Windows thinks so, too: Right-click My Computer, select Properties, and someone else's name is staring you in the face. Here's how you can change the name of the registered user and organization. Open your registry and find the key below:


When you click CurrentVersion, a set of values should appear in the right pane. Look for RegisteredOwner and RegisteredOrganization. Double-click either value to edit its data.

The Usual Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Use the information provided at your own risk.