Changing the Registered User and Company Name in Windows XP / Vista

This is something I’m always doing to try and keep standards – I like to keep the name and company name the same within a corporate environment. Some people like to put the name of the user, some the name of the I.T man, but this can all be changed!

I’m always asked this by friends and colleagues, it’s annoying also as HP/DELL often are delivered with nothing in there – it’s not required, but it can help with application installs for auto typing the company name/user.

Here’s how you do it;
Click Start, goto Run, and type in regedit. Hit enter. You’ll get the registry editor screen open.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SOFTWARE, MICROSOFT, WINDOWS NT, CURRENT VERSION. In there you’ll see two editable sections. One called RegisteredOwner, and one called RegisteredOrganization.

If you double click these, an edit window will appear. Simply put in the value box what you want it to say for both things, and click OK. You’re done! Simple wasn’t it?

The above obviously needs you to have the correct rights to access and edit the registry, if you’ve done things right, Administrators should be able to do this, the end user shouldn’t!

Next time, I’ll show you how companies put their logo and support information in the properties of My Computer. It’s very easy, and if your the IT guy, you can earn lots of whoa and kudos by doing small modifications like that!