XP: Change the Registered Owner and Organization Names

After purchasing a computer with XP already installed, many people want to change the registered owner and organization names on their system. This can be easily accomplished using a few simple steps.

The registered owner and organization name data fields can be easily changed in XP without reinstallation.

This does require changing the registry. If you are not familiar and experienced with this, back up your system first.

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Run.
    3. Type regedit in the textbox, and click OK.
    4. Regedit should load. Browse to this registry key:
    HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

    5. In the right panel, double-click RegisteredOwner.
    6. In the value data field, change the name to whatever you wish.
    7. Click OK .
    8. In the right panel, double-click RegisteredOrganization.
    9. In the value data field, change the name to whatever you wish. You may also delete this text and leave this field blank.
    10. Exit regedit and log off or reboot.

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22 Responses to “XP: Change the Registered Owner and Organization Names”

  1. June 02, 2009 at 4:34 am, eriQ said:

    Thank you! Worked like a charm, very easy and simple directions to follow.


  2. June 02, 2009 at 4:45 am, Zero said:



  3. July 14, 2009 at 6:17 am, Brandon Allen said:

    I wrote a program to change the registry entries so you don’t have to muck about in the registry. Works for Windows XP and VISTA. However with windows vista you must right click on the program and select ‘Run as Administrator’ or the program won’t have sufficient access to the registry.



  4. December 26, 2009 at 6:40 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks. it works!!


  5. February 03, 2010 at 11:23 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you so much, I have got rid of my ex wife’s name from this thing and no longer have to see her horrible name all the time


  6. April 13, 2010 at 10:22 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks a lot for the information.


  7. April 13, 2010 at 11:08 am, rajneesh said:



  8. April 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm, Bobbie Weinbaum said:

    Thank you SO MUCH!!! I’ve been dealing with the previous employee’s name for the last 5 years!


  9. May 19, 2010 at 1:32 am, Dave said:

    Nice Info Bro !!!


  10. May 22, 2010 at 10:58 am, Ali said:

    thanks man.


  11. June 30, 2010 at 8:27 am, Tania-hamilton said:

    I wrote the name and it said something that user account does not permit contacts. I dont know why?


  12. January 16, 2012 at 7:21 am, Justin said:

    I’d hat to be the first one to complain!!!!!!! but this isn’t working for me!!!!!!!!!!!!! there is NO RegisteredOwner or RegisteredOrganization keys in the registry!!!!

    and @Brandon Allen your program shows a 404 not found!!!!!


  13. March 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm, Liam said:

    Thank you very much I had the same wife name problem – now no more fury !

    Justin -I hope you got sorted ok, if not when you double click on last bit (current version ) a list of things open on the right, registered owner etc .


  14. May 04, 2012 at 11:09 am, Clairetta said:

    Thanks so much. This was super easy instructions to follow. I loved the immediate results. My stepson had changed my registration to his name, even though this is not his computer. Now it is back to my name again. By the way, he doesn’t live here anymore so I am not going to have to worry about him pulling this trick again. But, to be on the safe side, I am going to put a password on it for whenever he visits.


  15. July 09, 2012 at 2:04 am, khalid said:

    thanks sooooooooooooo mucth


  16. July 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm, stew said:

    i tried it, nothing comes up in the right side window, cant find registered owner at all


  17. August 02, 2012 at 1:39 pm, jOHNNY said:

    Followed instructions, made all the changes and everything seemed to work but I still get the old registered owner. Windows really is a shite OS


  18. August 03, 2012 at 12:07 am, found it said:

    I couldn’t find it either at first where it said it was but then I did a search by going to ‘Find’. I looked up registeredowner and a minute later it found it and I was able to change it.


  19. March 08, 2013 at 12:43 pm, tc said:

    All miles still show the registered name and not what I changed it to.


  20. April 25, 2013 at 11:55 am, ASIS RAJPUT said:

    Plz some one tell me which file contain registry organization and name in I386, windows xp plz rply….
    my email id:- mpidnoa@gmail.com


  21. October 23, 2013 at 4:36 am, VS said:

    Simple, Short and Effective. Thanks.


  22. January 21, 2014 at 6:14 am, iftikhar ali said:

    Thats Great . . really work haaa …


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