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    Owner Name Change (XPP sp1)

    I bought a new pc as a B-day gift and left the name of the recipient. However, I find my name, as it was on the order, everywhere in and on XP.
    The shop after the usual "oops" suggested format using any name I choose. I checked in the registry and there must be over 100 entries with my name.
    Before I follow the advice given by the shop and format C:/ (which I would like to avoid), is there an easy or easier way to affect a name change in XP.

    Any assistance is welcome.
    O.F.

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    Re: Owner Name Change (XPP sp1)

    See if this site provides some help. Or, from the source.....
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    Re: Owner Name Change (XPP sp1)

    I was going to recommend you try X-Setup and coincidentally, it's recommended in Doc's first link also. However, given that you find so many instances of your name in the registry, it's quite possible that some of those instances might be the installation of application software on the machine, which probably wouldn't be modified by changing the Windows registered owner. If that's the case, it would either be a one at a time job or use some registry editor that has search and replace capability. I stick strictly to Regedit, so I can't endorse any such, but RegEditX and its companion program, Registry Crawler have been recommended by others here in The Lounge. I think the last one I saw was from <!profile=Pilgrim>Pilgrim<!/profile>.

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    Re: Owner Name Change (XPP sp1)

    I had the same problem when a tech guy replaced my HDD and re installed xp home - he made a typo whereby my initial showed as a G instead of a J - and I used Doc's remedy from the "source" only had to change the one item and seemed to work ok e.g any word documents showed as created by :G. Mysurname now are as I want created by :J.Mysurname.

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    Re: Owner Name Change (XPP sp1)

    Thank you for your responses.
    I followed the MS 310441- "How to change Name......." which performed as advertised.
    However, I found 187 entries with my name in the registry and being unfamiliar with
    the mentioned utilities, I bit the bullet and did a format.

    Again thanks

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