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I recently bought an HP laptop, discounted because it was the retailer's demonstration model. The Windows "System" shows it as officially registered to the retailer, and consequently (I suppose) a number of structural settings and names (eg user account, Documents and Settings) also show up in the retailer's name. I re-named the user account in my own name, but I'd really like to know if there's any way of going back and re-setting or re-registering myself as the official owner/user, so that the file structure doesn't keep showing the retailer's name. Any ideas gratefully received ...
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I found this:

http://www.dougknox....hange_owner.htm

it lets you change the registered owner.

If that doesn't work you have to edit the registry. You must be logged in as an administrator and you may have to do it in safe mode if the changes don't take effect.

You should be extremeley careful when editing the registry.

Go to start>run and type regedit, then hit enter.

when the registry editor opens, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Mircosoft>Windows NT>Current Version. In the right hand pane, find the entry "RegisteredOwner". Double click it and in the Value Data field type the name you want and click OK. Then close the registry editor: File>exit
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Thanks so much! I'll give it a try and let you know how I get on. Very kind of you to answer so promptly ...
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Thanks so much! I'll give it a try and let you know how I get on. Very kind of you to answer so promptly ...

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no problem! :tazz:
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Success! Very many thanks!
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