How to Change the Registered Name of a MacBook

by K.C. Winslow

When you start up your MacBook for the first time, you must go through a setup process. As part of this process, you are asked to enter some personal information to become the system's administrator. The name that you enter will become the registered name for the MacBook. You will also need to select a password during this setup process. It is a good idea to change the name and password when the computer’s ownership changes.


Go to the “Apple” menu and open “System Preferences.” In the window, select “Accounts.” Press on the lock-shaped icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Enter your password in the on-screen prompt.


Change the user name on the account by typing the desired name into the text box. Change the password, if desired, by pressing on the “Change Password” button.


Press the “Show All” button at the top of the window to return to the main System Preferences screen. Click on the “Sharing” button.


Change the computer name and the local network name for the computer. Enter the desired name for the computer in the text box. Press “Edit” to change the name as it appears on the local network. After you are finished, prevent further changes by clicking the lock icon in the lower left corner of the screen.


  • check To change the registered name on a MacBook, you must have an administrator password for the computer. If you do not have this, you will need to perform a password reset with the MacBook Installation Disk.
  • check When changing the password, you will have the opportunity to enter a secret question and answer in the event you forget the password.

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About the Author

A writer from Chicago, K.C. Winslow has been publishing articles relating to health, beauty, travel, crafts, education, Macintosh computers and technology since 2000. She holds a Master of Arts degree in writing from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she lived for several years.

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