Please read the how-to all the way through and study carefully before you begin the process a wise man once said.
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Without further ado, here is the how-to for changing the registered owner and organization info in the winver.exe display.
Word of caution, we’ll be editing the Windows registry. This can be risky. Please take care to do a restore point first before doing this how-to. How to do a restore point is beyond the scope of this how-to.
First, a step by step in words and pictures.
- Press the Windows key first and then the “R” key to open the keyboard shortcut to the Run command. In the run box, type regedit and click OK. Click on any of the pictures in the how-to for a bigger size.
- Up pops open a new box! The Windows registry box.
- Navigate to (supposed to be one line) (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion) in the registry. I will now post screenshots.
- Making sure your in the “CurrentVersion” folder that’s in the left hand pane, on the right side of the screen look for an item that says RegisteredOwner and another item that says RegisteredOrganization. If you don’t see these items, that’s OK, we’ll create them. If you do see them, great.
- If you don’t have those items, let’s go ahead and create them now, if you do have those items, skip ahead. In the right hand pane on a blank space, right click and select new string. Give that new item a name. Name it RegisteredOwner and then repeat the process again, only this time give it the name RegisteredOrganization. See screenshot.
- Once you have created both those items, you may now double click on them in turn. When you double click on them, a little box pops ups, and you can fill in the details of your name in the item named RegisteredOwner, and you can fill in the details of your Business/Organization/Family in the item named RegisteredOrganization.
- Close regedit when you are done, no poking around, regedit is too dangerous for scenic drives.
- Remember the run box from the beginning? Here it is again. Press the Windows key first and then the R key to open the keyboard shortcut to the Run command. In the run box, type winver and then press “OK” button.
- Up pops the Windows Version box with your name and Organizational details that you entered into the registry. Screenshot time.
- Got all that, whew! Thanks for stopping by.