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Change The OS Registered Owner & Organization

By default, when the Windows 10 operating system Is first Installed on a given computer, the registered owner Is listed as Windows User, and the organization name Is usually blank. Sometimes, the OS registers both names under Microsoft. If you've personalized your PC, you'd most likely want to change these, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to change the registered owner and registered organization In Windows 10.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. Open the Run menu, enter winver and at the bottom, you will see the registered owner and (If applicable), the registered organization names respectively. In my case, both are listed as Microsoft as per the Image below.

The above example, Is the default names applied by Microsoft, when I performed a clean Installation of Windows. Some apps actually reference and use these names, thus It's good practice to change them to something suited to your computing environment.

Moreover, If you've purchased a second-hand PC, the previous owner(s) may have entered their details, hence another good reason to Implement the change. Whatever the case may be, I will demonstrate how to change both the registered owner and registered organization names by using the good old Windows Registry Editor. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:

To access the Windows Registry, open the Run menu, enter regedit and hit OK.

Step Two:

The Windows Registry Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

Make sure the CurrentVersion key Is selected and on the right pane, scroll down until you locate RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner as shown below.

Step Three:

We'll change each entry separately. Firstly, double-click on RegisteredOrganization and In the Value data field, enter your preferred details. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've named mine Home Network. Click OK when finished.

Step Four:

Do the same by double-clicking the RegisteredOwner entry. I've entered Windows 10 Tips In the Value data field. Hit OK when you've entered yours.

Step Five:

The changes should Immediately take effect. If not, reboot your computer. Now let's check It out by opening the Run menu, entering winver In the Input field and hitting OK.

Last Step:

As you can see and as expected, my registered owner and registered organization details, are now listed as Windows 10 Tips and Home Network respectively. Perfect!

Final Thoughts:

As you've most likely realized, the process to apply the changes Is extremely simple. Given you're editing the Windows Registry and the fact that It's a critical part of the operating system, extra care must be taken when applying changes. Any Incorrect edits, can cause significant system Instability and/or loss of functionality. As such, I strongly suggest backing It up, by using It's native Export feature.


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