How to Change the Name of the Registered Owner in Windows


One well-known Registry edit may be appropriate in this holiday season when many will be getting new computers. When you give away or sell your old Windows machine, you will want to change the name of the Registered Owner (not necessary if you have wiped off the operating system, of course). This is easily done in the Windows Registry with the Registry Editor. Administrative privileges are required. Here is the procedure:

  1. Open Regedit
  2. Using Regedit, navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
  3.  In the right pane, double-click "RegisteredOwner"
  4.  A window “Edit string” will open. Under Value data, type the name that you want
  5.  Click “OK”
  6.  Close Regedit

An alternative to step 2 is to use the Find function as described in the previous tip. Enter "registeredowner” (without quotes) in the “Find what” line (as shown in the graphic below). Click "Find Next" and then proceed as indicated in steps 3-6 above.

Regedit Find function

This tip assumes that the reader is familiar with Regedit or has read the article
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson.  Applies to Windows XP / Vista / 7/8/8.1/10.

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