When installing Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP for the first time, you should have been prompted to enter an Owner Name and Organization/Company name. Normally there’s never a need to change these settings. However, what if there’s a typo, or what if you’re not the original owner and you want to modify this information?
For instance, if you open up pretty much any application that comes with Windows and Click Help, About you will see the Registered Owner and Organization Name.
Again, although not a big deal, if you’re like me it’s the little things that drive you crazy :)
So, unfortunately, Windows 7, XP and Vista don’t have an easy way to resolve this. However, by following this How-To Tutorial, we can have you fixed up in just a few minutes.
Please note that before we start, the Windows registry is very sensitive and you can easily make your computer inoperable if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s why this guide is here!
Change Registered Owner
1. To start, Click the Start Menu icon, then Type in Regedit and Press Enter; the Regedit program should appear above, Click Regedit to open it
Note – Although the steps shown are for Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the process is the same for Windows XP. Just Click – Start, Run and type Regedit to open the Windows Registry Editor.
2. The User Account Control will pop up, click Continue unless you have previously Disabled the Windows Vista UAC
3. Now that the registry is open Navigate to the following key location in the Tree Navigation Menu
4. The two key entries to Modify are RegisteredOrganization and RegisterdOwner; to change them simply Double-Click each entry to open the key editor and then Type your new name; to save changes click OK
When you finish Close the Registry Editor.
No reboot needed after your changes. Simply open Notepad or run WinVer.exe from the command line to verify the new Owner information! GROOVY eh?