In Windows 10, the person who paid for the license to use the operating system is called the “owner.” This name usually appears on the screen where you sign in and in the settings for the computer. This article will show you step by step how to change the name of the owner if the owner has moved or for any other reason.
Changing the name of the owner is easy, and you don’t need any extra tools to do it.
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Accessing System Information
To start, we need to open the System Information box. This window tells you everything you need to know about your computer’s hardware and program settings, like who registered it.
Click or press the “Start” button on your machine.
Type “System Information” into the search box, and then click on the right result to open the System Information window.
Locating the Registered Owner Name
In the System Information window, you can find out different things about your machine. To find out who owns it, do the following:
Look for the “System Summary” box in the “System Information” box.
Under “System Summary,” you’ll find the “Registered Owner” field. This field shows the real name of the owner.
Changing the Registered Owner Name
We can make a change now that we know who is named as the owner:
- Close the box that shows System Information.
- You can get to the Power User Menu by right-clicking on the Start menu or pressing “Windows key + X” on your machine.
- Choose “Run” from the Power User Menu to open the Run text box.
Changing the Record Name
To change the name that shows up as the owner, you have to make changes to the Windows Registry. Be careful and follow these steps carefully:
- In the box that says “Run,” type “regedit” and hit “Enter.” The Registry Editor will open when you do this.
- Go to the following file in the Registry Editor:
- Use the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion key to find the number.
- Look for the “RegisteredOwner” item in the right pane.
- “RegisteredOwner” can be changed if you double-click on it.
- In the “Value data” box, type the name of the new owner, and then click “OK.”
Verifying the Changes
After making changes to the Registry, it’s important to make sure that the owner’s name has been changed correctly. What you should do is:
- No longer use the Registry Editor.
- To use the changes, you have to restart your machine.
- Follow the steps from the first part to get back to the System Information box once your machine is back up and running.
- Check the “Registered Owner” box to make sure the new name is shown.
How do Access the System Information window again?
Follow these steps to get to the System Information box in Windows 10:
Click the “Start” button in the bottom left area of your screen. You can also use your computer’s Window key.
In the search bar, type “System Information” and wait for the results to show up.
From the list of search results, click the “System Information” app. This will open a window with information about the machine.
You can also use the Power User Menu to get to the System Information window:
Right-clicking the Start button or hitting “Windows key + X” will do the same thing on your computer.
To open the Run text box, choose “Run” from the Power User Menu.
In the box that says “Run,” type “msinfo32” and hit “Enter.” This will also bring up a box called “System Information.”
When you open the System Information box, you can find out a lot about your computer, like who the owner is.
It’s easy to change the name of the owner in Windows 10. To change the Registry, go to the System Information box and make changes there. When making changes to the Registry, check the new owner’s name twice to make sure it is correct. If you follow the steps in this piece, you can change the owner name to show the right information.
Should the person’s name be changed who joined Windows 10?
You don’t have to change the name of the owner, but doing so can make things more personal and make it easier to find out who owns something.
Can I use special characters in the name of the person mentioned as the owner?
Use regular letters instead of special ones to make sure everything works and looks right.
Does the name of the owner have to have a certain amount of letters?
Yes, to keep things from going wrong, the owner name shouldn’t have more than 255 letters.
Do I have to be a boss to change the name of the owner?
Yes, you must be an administrator to be able to use the Registry Editor to change the name of the owner.
What will happen to my files and apps if I change the name that is shown?
No, changing the name of the person listed as the owner doesn’t change your files or apps. It’s just an easy-to-find change to the way the system looks.