Changing the Registered Owner and Company Names in Windows

Sometimes it’s necessary to change the name of the registered owner and/or company for a Windows installation. Unfortunately, there is no built-in utility for doing so. Instead, as described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article, you’ll have to use the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) to do so.

  1. This is an optional step but you can verify the current name settings by running “winver”.
  2. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion.
  3. There are two registry keys named “RegisteredOrganization” for the company name and “RegisteredOwner” for the owner name. Simply change the values to whatever you’d like.
  4. Close the Registry Editor.
  5. Run “winver” to verify your changes were made.

That’s it – no reboot necessary.

~ by bwsd on May 26, 2009.

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