Re: Editing mis-spelt user names

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 02:00 AM
Blkjack1 wrote:
> Is there a way of editing mis-spelt user names in the system?. I resently
> reloaded and friends machine and mis-spelt his name at the setup screen. It
> affects all the programs, like MS Office and such. Do I have to do a
> complete reload of the system to correct my spelling error?

To fix a mis-spelt name in the "Registered to" information for
WinNT/2K/XP, you can use Start > Run > Regedit.exe to edit:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\RegisteredOwner


HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current

How this will affect the name displayed in previously installed
applications will vary depending upon each individual program; some
read the registered owner information dynamically, while others read
it only during installation.

The user profile folders (C:\Documents and Settings\Username)
_cannot_ be renamed, even if the associated user account has been.
So, your best course of action would be to log on using the built-in
Administrator account, create a new user account, with the username
desired. You can then delete the old user account(s).

HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP;en-us;279783

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile;en-us;811151


Bruce Chambers

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Re: Editing mis-spelt user names