Change the registered user and company names in Windows Vista.
This guide shows you how to change the registered user and company name of a Windows Vista PC.
The registered user and company name shows up if you right-click Computer in the Start menu and select Properties. These names also show up as the default names in some software installations.
Many people like to change the names if they are giving or selling a PC to another person or if the computer came from a manufacturer with default names already applied.
Warning: To change these names you need to edit the registry. Editing the registry can cause your computer to crash if done wrong. Use this guide at your own risk.
Change the Registered User and Company
- Type regedit in the search box in the Start menu and press enter on your keyboard to start the registry editor.
Note: Your user account must have Administrative privileges to edit the registry.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version by double-clicking each folder in the left sidebar of the registry editor.
- Double-click RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner in the main area of the registry editor and edit their Value Data fields with the new information.
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