When you install a Windows operating system on
your PC you have to input certain details such as
your name. This name is then added to the registry
as the 'Registered Owner' of the software. This is
fine while the PC belongs to you, but what happens
if you either sell it or, alternatively, you,
yourself decide to buy a pre-used PC. You certainly
don't want someone else's name emblazoned on your
PC. The simplest option is to change the registered
Before proceeding to edit the Registry be sure to
make a backup copy.
- Click the Start Button.
- In the Start menu Search box type: regedit
- The Registry Editor window will now open.
- In the registry tree Navigate to the
- In the Current Version window look down the
information in the Right hand pane for
- Now Right click the Registered Owner key and
Click on the Modify option.
- The Edit String dialogue box will now open.
- In the Value Data box type the new name of
the Registered owner and then Click OK.
- Your Registered Owner name has now been
- Before closing the Registry editor you might
also like to check the Registered Organisation
(situated just above the Registered Owner
option) just in case a company name has been
- If a Registered Company name has been
inserted you can change it by Right clicking on
the key and Clicking on the Modify option.
- Again in the Value Data box type the new
Registered Company (if desired) and then Click
the OK button.
- Finally close down the Registry editor.
While the above will change the name and details
of the Registered owner of the computer you may
still see instances of the previous owner in Windows
Explorer under the User section, i.e. Documents etc.
If this is the case then you will need to Create a
new User Profile (User Account) for yourself (see
Create New User Profile )
Once you have created a new User Account for
yourself you can then Delete the User Account that
belonged to the previous owner (see Question 19
Delete A User Account )