XP: Change the Registered Owner and Organization Names

Posted December 27, 2004 by MickeyMouse in Windows

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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  • eriQ

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

  • Zero


  • 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.


  • Anonymous

    Thanks. it works!!

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    Thanks a lot for the information.

  • rajneesh


  • Bobbie Weinbaum

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

  • Dave

    Nice Info Bro !!!

  • Ali

    thanks man.

  • Tania-hamilton

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

  • Justin

    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!!!!!

  • Liam

    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 .

  • Clairetta

    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.

  • khalid

    thanks sooooooooooooo mucth

  • stew

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

  • jOHNNY

    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

  • found it

    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.

  • tc

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


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

  • VS

    Simple, Short and Effective. Thanks.

  • iftikhar ali

    Thats Great . . really work haaa …