Changing the name of person registered to WinXP Home

By Cyrus79
Oct 17, 2006
  1. Hi all,

    This may be a bit of a wierd one, but anyway...

    I've decided to sell my second PC to someone at work, but I don't want to have to reinstall everything so I've removed everything I ever put on there.

    The only thing is Windows is still registered to me and the person I'm selling it to wants me to change it to their name, which I think is fair enough.

    Is there a way of doing this?

    I vaguely remember some time ago being able to get back to the initial WinXp startup you get when you run Windows for the first time, the thing is I've forgotten how to do it (without reinstalling).

    If anyone can help please let me know.


  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    It doesn't matter how much you move the files, they'll still be ways to see your files, even after you deleted them. I would suggest re-installing Windows. Do you mean the Account Name, or the name that you name the computer itself?
  3. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Most tweak programs allow you to change the registered user and organization name.

    XP Tweak manager does it. or you can look through and find the registry edit and change from there.
  4. Cyrus79

    Cyrus79 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    The person I'm selling it to wouldn't have a clue how to do that!

    It's neither the account or computer name, it's the name that appears when you go to control panel system/general.

    Thanks I'll give it a go.
  5. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    you can use regedit and change the name in this key:
    the key is RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner. you can changes these items.
  6. Cyrus79

    Cyrus79 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Thanks for that, I'll remember that for future reference since I've now just reinstalled everything, probably better that way anyway.
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