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This article discusses how to change your name and company name in Microsoft Windows after you have already installed Windows.
When Windows is installed, part of the Setup program asks for your name and company. This information is then written to different places depending on which version of Windows you are running:
Windows This information is stored in ----------------------------------------------------------- Windows 3.1 USER.EXE Windows 3.11 USER.EXE Windows for Workgroups 3.1 USER.EXE Windows for Workgroups 3.11 SERIALNO.INI Windows 95 Registry Windows 98 Registry Windows Me Registry
USER.EXE is located in the Windows\SYSTEM directory and is not an editable file.
SERIALNO.INI is located in the Windows directory and is an editable file.
Steps to Change Name and CompanyIf you are using Windows version 3.1, 3.11, or Windows for Workgroups 3.1:
If you are using Windows for Workgroups 3.11, either edit the SERIALNO.INI file with a text editor (such as Notepad) and restart Windows for Workgroups, or use the above procedure running WINSETUP /F instead of SETUP /F in step 2.
If you are using Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me:
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
NOTE: For information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing Keys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE). Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files (SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT) before you edit the registry.
Use Registry Editor to change the RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner values in:
Article ID: 88363 - Last Review: May 7, 2007 - Revision: 1.7