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#1 Eddie7

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:49

I know this might be a really newbie question but how do I change my Windows 8 "Windows User" name to something else? Here's what I'm talking about:

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#2 shozilla

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:56

It can be changed in the registry...

You will be able to find it then edit it.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:58

It can be changed in the registry...

You will be able to find it then edit it.


More detail would be great?

#4 shozilla

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:03

Let me write up the steps... give me a minute.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:04

Let me write up the steps... give me a minute.


If you're being serious, thanks.

#6 shozilla

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:09

Pull up Registry Editor (regedit)

Press CRTL key and F key at same time to pull up the Find dialog.

Type Windows User then hit enter

then press F3 key a few times until you see "Windows User" on the right hand pane...

right-click on it then select Modifiy

then type whatever you like to name it to.

then you are done.

Please note: Make sure you are on admin account otherwise it won't let you change it.

#7 shozilla

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:43

If you're being serious, thanks.


Did it work for you?

#8 OP Eddie7

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:05

Did it work for you?


Well actually, I'm using an Administrator account and I opened regedit.exe as an Administrator but when I try to change it to my name, I press F3 again and then the name resets to Windows User.

#9 shozilla

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:11

Once you changed it to your name... close that window... not press F3. F3 key is for "finding the word" for you.

Then use Run dialog, type winver then hit enter... you will see your name on there instead of Windows User.

#10 OP Eddie7

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:18

Once you changed it to your name... close that window... not press F3. F3 key is for "finding the word" for you.

Then use Run dialog, type winver then hit enter... you will see your name on there instead of Windows User.


No still not working unforunately... Does it work for you?

#11 shozilla

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:20

No still not working unforunately... Does it work for you?


Yup it works for me and it stays there ...

#12 OP Eddie7

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:21

Which "Name" column are you changing it under?

#13 mrp04

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:21

The registry key is supposed to be located here

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]
Under RegisteredOwner

It should probably work, I just checked on my Windows 8 machine and my live email is listed there and that is what the about windows dialog shows. Why is this even important though?

#14 shozilla

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:23

Name column = RegisteredOwner .... Data column = Windows User but it can be changed to Eddie7 or whatever you like.

My bad, I didn't add this to the steps I wrote above.

#15 OP Eddie7

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:24

The registry key is supposed to be located here

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]
Under RegisteredOwner

It should probably work, I just checked on my Windows 8 machine and my live email is listed there and that is what the about windows dialog shows. Why is this even important though?


Can't find it. I can go all until CurrentVersion, then I'm stuck.