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Change Name From "Owner"

by billiej1796 / February 5, 2006 1:40 AM PST

I use Windows XP Home (SP 2) on a new custom built computer. The builder activated Windows before I got it. I want my name to appear instead of the generic name of "owner".

I know there is a way to do this as I changed it on my previous computer. I think I read it in a c-net newsletter and that it was a "script" program.

Any help is appreciated.

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(NT) (NT) File System or Computer?
by phantazy / February 5, 2006 1:42 AM PST
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File System or Computer?
by billiej1796 / February 5, 2006 2:24 AM PST

Not sure how to answer your question.

What I want to do is for instance: In Documents and Settings it now lists ''owner'' under ''the All Users'' folder. I want my name there instead. Windows won't allow this folder to be renamed.

I think tha answer to your question would be "Computer".

Thanks for your reply.

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(NT) (NT) Do a Google search on "change owner name"
by Mike Wheeler / February 5, 2006 3:04 AM PST
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Try this
by Darton Fury / February 5, 2006 3:30 AM PST

Open command prompt and type control userpasswords2, select the account you want to change (hi-light it)
and click properties. Change the name, click ok and close. You will have to restart your computer.

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I believe
by kebongski / February 5, 2006 4:34 AM PST
In reply to: Try this

It can be edited from the registry... Ive seen it, I just cant be bothered to look for it... try googling Change owner name registry

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Change Registered Owner
by Current Resident / February 5, 2006 5:45 AM PST
In reply to: I believe

Change the Registered User Information
Intended For
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Windows 98
Windows 95


Once you've installed Windows, you can change the Registered Owner, Registered Organization, or Product ID to anything you want. Here's how you do it:
Windows 95/98/Me
? Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
? Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion.
? To change the values of the RegisteredOrganization, RegisteredOwner, or ProductId, simply double-click on them.
? Note: This will only change the registered user information for Windows, not for the applications on your system.
Windows 2000/XP
? Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
? Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion.
? To change the values of the RegisteredOrganization, RegisteredOwner, or ProductId, simply double-click on them.
? Note: This will only change the registered user information for Windows, not for the applications on your system.

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Read this from M$
by Merl Priester / February 6, 2006 12:39 AM PST

In Windows XP Home Edition, you cannot change the actual name of a user account, only the name that is displayed on the Welcome screen. In all other versions of Windows XP, you can change the account name:

1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
2. Click Local Users and Groups to expand it.
3. Click Users.
4. Right-click the account that you want to change, and then click Rename.
5. At a command prompt, run the set command; the %HomePath% variable still points to the old user name.

NOTE: This does not change the name of the folder that appears under the Documents and Settings folder for the user.
END OF INFO FROM M$

My info:

The user name in the Documents and Settings folder cannot be changed. If you need to change it to match.
Create a new user wit hthe name you want, move all your data to that account and then delete the OWNER account.

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More about renaming...
by Merl Priester / February 6, 2006 12:45 AM PST
In reply to: Read this from M$
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Changing Registered Owner Name
by fpcarpi / March 30, 2011 2:15 PM PDT

This is excellent advice, and completely accurate. I was also having this problem and it wouldn't allow me to change the computers owner name from the control panel. I tried this and it worked. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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