[Windows 10 Tip] Change “Windows User” Username Displayed in About Windows
NOTE: The registry method given in this article will work for all Windows versions.
When we need to know which Windows version is installed in our computer, we usually open “About Windows” and check the installed Windows version. One can open “About Windows” using winver command in RUN dialog box.
If you open “About Windows” in Windows 10 operating system, you’ll see following line at the bottom of the window:
This product is licensed under the Microsoft Software License Terms to:
You might wonder why is it showing licensed to “Windows User” when you purchased the Windows 10 license using your name? Some users have reported that sometimes Windows 10 shows “user name” and “org name” strings in place of “Windows User” in “About Windows”.
Actually in older Windows versions such as Windows XP, users were asked to provide registered username and organization name at Windows installation time and the same information provided by the user was displayed in “About Windows” and “System Properties” dialog box.
Now Windows 10 doesn’t ask for this information at setup time and it takes “Windows User” by default to set as registered owner of the computer.
If you want to customize and change the default “Windows User” username showing in “About Windows” and want to replace it with your name or any other desired text string, you can do it with the help of a small registry tweak.
Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to change registered owner and organization name in Windows operating system.
Check out following simple steps to change the username and organization name shown in “About Windows” dialog box:
1. Press “WIN+R” key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type regedit and press Enter. It’ll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
3. In right-side pane, look for following strings:
“RegisteredOwner” string’s value is set to “Windows User” and “RegisteredOrganization” string’s value is set to blank.
PS: If “RegisteredOwner” and “RegisteredOrganization” strings are not present in Registry Editor, the default “user name” and “org name” strings are displayed in “About Windows” dialog box. To change the strings, you’ll need to manually create both strings in above mentioned location.
4. Double-click on “RegisteredOwner” string and change its value to your desired text string for example your own name and click on OK button.
Now try to open “About Windows” using winver command in RUN dialog box and you’ll see your own username in place of “Windows User”:
5. Now in Registry Editor, double-click on “RegisteredOrganization” string and set its value to your organization name or anything else. We have set it to our website name:
Now again open “About Windows” and you’ll see the new text string displayed below the username:
This method to change registered owner and organization will work in all Windows versions. Its not limited to Windows 10 only.