Recently I screwed up my computer big time. Some DLL's were showing up as missing,
and I installed DLL's from XP Pro instead of XP Home. Everything my computer
guy tried wouldn't work, so we had to start from scratch, so to speak. When
he reformatted the drive and reloaded XP Home, he did not use my name; he
used "Valued Customer". How can I change the name to my name, so
that I can obtain updates? - it also populated my other MS software with
that and there was no way for me to override it. - Tina H.
Luckily, it's easy to change the name of the registered owner in XP without
having to reinstall the operating system. You can make this change with a
simple registry edit:
- Click Start | Run and type regedit to open the registry editor.
to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion
- In the right details pane, double click the value RegisteredOwner.
- In the
value data field, type in the name you want to use and click OK.
- You can
change the company name, if any, in the same way by editing the value RegisteredOrganization.
If you'd prefer not to edit the registry directly, there is an automated script
you can download from the Kelly's Korner web site that will do it for you.
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