Change Computer's Owner Name

I got a used computer and it has the old owners name on it. Is there a way to change this?

Yes, you can go into the registry and change the owner name. We always recommend that you back up the registry before making any changes—here’s how…

Go to Start/Run and type in “regedit” without the quotes (Win 2000 type “regedt32”)

With Windows XP (and probably Win 2000) navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion

Click the “CurrentVersion” folder and look for the “RegisteredOwner” key. Double click and change the value to your name. You can also change the “RegisteredOrganization” if you want to.


When finished go to File/Exit.

With Windows 98 (not sure about ME but you can try this path) find your way to:


Click the “CurrentUser” key and change it to your name.

When finished go to File/Exit.

To verify your changes, right click My Computer and choose “Properties”. Under “Registered to” it should show the new name and organization.

Now the computer is really yours!

~ David

David Samuel Thomas

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