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Removing user name


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john god

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Hi!
I recently got a used computer.
I,m running Windows XP Home.
It has a old system and user name on it.
How do I remove the old name, and insert my name.
Thank-You,
John God
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Control Panel -> User Accounts.
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I did that but I'm the only name there.
When I go into the system configurations.
At system and at user it has the old name .
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Please post a screenshot of the old user name and that will help us to direct you to a fix.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start
All Programs
Accessories
Paint
In the empty white area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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I started to do everything, but I can't find paint after accessories.
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Go to:
Start and then to Run
Type in mspaint.exe and click Enter

This should allow Paint to open and then you can continue from there.
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The screenshots you provided show me there is no name for the computer itself.
You have to click the Change button to make the change effective. I don''t see any user name at all in either picture you provided.
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its there...after rshaffer61 instructs you on getting ERUNT and backing up your registry

then
1) Go to Start ... Run... then type in regedit press Enter.

2) Locate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version.

3) On the right panel, double click on RegisteredOwner, then modify the value to the name as you want...You can also change the organization name as well by double clicking on RegisteredOrganization and change the value.

4) Restart your computer to take the effect of the changes.

Once your computer restarted, you will notice the registered owner or organization has been changed to the new name under system properties (right click on My Computer, then choose Properties under General tab).

Edited by happyrock, 15 May 2009 - 05:20 PM.

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Straight from Microsoft on how to do it HERE
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:) Thank you Happyrock for the help :)


ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.
The standard registry backup options that come with Windows back up most of the registry but not all of it. ERUNT however creates a complete backup set, including the Security hive and user related sections. ERUNT is easy to use and since it creates a full backup, There are no options or choices other than to select the location of the backup files. The backup set includes a small executable that will launch the registry restore if needed.
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Hi Guys,
Thanks for all your help, almost there.
I was able to change the computer name to mine.
But now I can't change the name on registered to:
I tried the same way as I did with the computer name, with no luck.

Here's what I got;
After I went into the registry and after I made it to Current Version,
it does not have registered owner in the right panel.

This is what it has;
Name Type Data
Default Reg_sz (value not set)

Thanks, John





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Edited by john god, 16 May 2009 - 06:52 AM.

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3) On the right panel, double click on RegisteredOwner, then modify the value to the name as you want...You can also change the organization name as well by double clicking on RegisteredOrganization and change the value.
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I did that, but it wasn't there,
nothing said Registered Owner.
On the right panel all there was.

Name Default
Type Reg_sz
Data (value not set)

I doubled click the default name,

I than got a box that said EDIT STRING With value name and value data in it.
The value name box was greyed in and wouldn't let me put anything in it.
The value data box let me put my name in it, but it didn't do any thing or make any changes.

Edited by john god, 16 May 2009 - 08:21 AM.

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after backing up your registry try going here...download and run EXE Version: Download the ChangeOwnerOrg.zip file and save it to your hard drive. Double-click the ChangeOwnerOrg.zip file and extract the EXE file inside to your hard drive. Double click ChangeOwnerOrg.exe to run the program....
Non-Administrators cannot change these values. Users who do not have "write" permissions for these values will receive an error message.
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