Thursday, July 1, 2010

Change the registered owner of Windows

This is an older hack works on most version of Windows including 7, Vista and XP. You can change the registered owner (name) and organization of Windows after you've already installed it.

Follow these steps to alter the owner and organization information:

  1. Launch the Registry Editor (regedit.exe from the search field)
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version
  3. Locate and double-click the RegisteredOrganization value
  4. Change / Add the registered organization's name
  5. Locate and double-click the RegisteredOwner value
  6. Change / Add the registered owner's name
  7. Close the Registry Editor and restart your machine for the changes to take effect.

Some of the names / values may change with different versions of Windows but their location in the Registry will be the same.

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