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How to Change Name and Company After Windows Installation

This article was previously published under Q88363
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This article discusses how to change your name and company name inMicrosoft Windows after you have already installed Windows.

When Windows is installed, part of the Setup program asks for your nameand company. This information is then written to different placesdepending 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 editablefile.

SERIALNO.INI is located in the Windows directory and is an editable file.

Steps to Change Name and Company

If you are using Windows version 3.1, 3.11, or Windows for Workgroups 3.1:
  1. From the Program Manager File menu, choose Run.
  2. In the Command Line box, type "setup /f" (without quotation marks) and choose OK.
  3. Enter the new name and company, and then choose Continue.
  4. When you are asked to confirm the name and company, choose Continue.
  5. When the Setup Options screen is displayed, choose Continue.
  6. When the Install Components screen is displayed, choose Continue.
  7. If the swap file screen is displayed, choose Continue.
  8. When you are asked to insert a Windows disk, choose the Exit Setup button.
  9. When you are asked to confirm exiting Setup, choose Yes.
Windows Setup closes and you automatically exit Windows. When you restartWindows, the new user name and company name appear.

If you are using Windows for Workgroups 3.11, either edit the SERIALNO.INIfile with a text editor (such as Notepad) and restart Windows forWorkgroups, or use the above procedure running WINSETUP /F instead ofSETUP /F in step 2.

If you are using Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problemsthat may require you to reinstall Windows. Microsoft cannot guaranteethat problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can besolved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

NOTE: For information about how to edit the registry, view the ChangingKeys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE). Notethat you should make a backup copy of the registry files (SYSTEM.DAT andUSER.DAT) before you edit the registry.

Use Registry Editor to change the RegisteredOrganization andRegisteredOwner values in:
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Article ID: 88363 - Last Review: 05/07/2007 21:32:15 - Revision: 1.7

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