How to Remove the Previous Owner's Name From a Computer

by Neil Edwards

Whenever a copy of Microsoft Windows is registered on a computer, it prompts the registering user to enter the owner's name and the name of the organization with which the owner is affiliated. If your computer changes owners or you want to change the name entered into Windows, you can edit the key that stores the name in your computer's registry.

Step 1

Click your computer's "Start" button, type "regedit" in the Search field and press "Enter" to open the Registry Editor.

Step 2

Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" by expanding the appropriate folders on the left side of the Registry Editor window.

Step 3

Right-click the "RegisteredOwner" key and click "Modify."

Type the new name in the Value Data field and click "OK."


About the Author

Based out of St. Louis, Neil Edwards has been writing since 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Truman State University and his work has frequently appeared in the "Truman State Monitor." Edwards' varied work experience leads to expertise in several fields, from broadcast communications to cell phones and mobile Internet solutions.

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