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    Recently I acquired for a friend, a nice used Dell computer running WinXP Pro. The previous owner did a fresh install of the OS, leaving me to install anti-virus, Firefox etc.
    My friend requested that her name be at the top of the start menu instead of the current name of Administrator. Going to the CP User Accounts, I find that the 'Change My Name' setting is missing for the Administrator account. I've Googled to the point of total frustration trying to find out why it's missing & a simple working solution to the problem, that won't break the OS to no avail. No password or other accounts are set up on this computer.

    Has anyone run into this situation & knows why this is & has a working solution? Any & all help would greatly be appreciated.

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    You will be able to access user accounts if you type this into the "Run"
    box:"control userpasswords2" (without quotes of course).
    Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einsten

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    Thanks chowur for your reply. After my initial post I searched Google a bit more & came across your suggestion at a website. Decided to give it a go. Yes, it restored the 'Change My Name' back to the User Accounts in CP. Unfortunately though it had an unexpected side effect........it broke the Windows Defrag. I didn't bother checking what else might be affected, breaking Defrag was enough that I went back & reversed the procedure. I'm now back to base 1.

    I'm still trying to figure out what may have caused this to begin with. I'll continue to search Google. Who knows......I might get lucky!

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    Change the name of the registered owner in the registry with this simple edit.
    Click Start-Run & type regedit to open the registry editor.
    Browse to the following key;
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
    In the right details pane,double click the value RegisteredOwner.
    In the value data field,type in the name you want to use & click OK.
    I found some paper work with this on it.Stuck in a folder.I hope this helps.
    Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einsten

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    You should NOT rename the Administrator account, make a Admin user account and use that one.
    Keep the Administrator as a back door.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Sam, the safest method is to enter 'safe mode' click Administrator ( if 2 are showing use top one ) then go to user accounts to change name.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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