Getting Tip-sy With Phaticon #001

December 22nd, 2005 | by Mike |

Editor’s Note: We are trying out a couple of new things with this post. The first thing is “tips” for different random computer things for our less techno-savvy readers (and maybe some of the savvy ones too.) The second thing we are trying out is a new writer, who’s name is sadly Mike, so that we’ll have to do something about that.

Please leave any comments or thoughts you have on either of these additions in the comments. Also, if you have any ideas what we can call “New Mike” because we can’t have two Mikes, and I was here first so I win this battle.

Since Dan and I can’t seem to shut up about Macs all the time, we thought it would be nice to have the first tip be about Windows. Enjoy.

Change the registered organization and/or owner of XP

Okay so you bought a used PC from someone and it still has their name under the General Tab on the System Properties. It can be annoying to see someone elseís name on there when it should be yours. After all, you own the PC. Maybe the PC belonged to you and a significant other that you are no longer with. Now you can get rid of that name and add yours with this tip.

Please use this Registry edit at your own risk. You should make a backup copy of your Registry everytime you change registry files.

  • Open the Start menu, click on Run, then type regedit and click OK.
  • Find the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion.
  • Find the string value RegisteredOwner, then right-click Modify and edit the value. This is the value where your name goes.
  • Click OK.
  • Find the string value RegisteredOrganization, then right-click Modify and edit the value.
  • Change this value to the Organization that you belong to if this applies to you.
  • Click OK, exit the Registry editor and reboot your system.

Now your name will be displayed in the System Properties as it should be. I know this tip really isnít useful as it quite pointless, but at least now you can change the name of the Owner and/or Organization of your PC. You can see from mine that I changed it to Tardmonkey. This is an easy edit for this type of thing.

My system properties

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