PC Performance Tip: Change A PC’s Registered Owner

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When you’ve inherited someone else’s PC and want to make it your own, you can change the registered owner’s name in the Windows Registry. Here’s how to do it. Open your Registry Editor, and navigate to the RegisteredOwner key value located in:  
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ 
CurrentVersion\RegisteredOwner  
Now when you check the name of the owner by clicking on Start and typing winver into the Search Programs And Files box, your new name should appear instead of the old one.  
Please Note: Before performing these tweaks, we recommend backing up your systems registry. To back up the Registry the easy way, simply open Control Panel, click System, and then click System protection on the left sidebar. Click the big Create button to have Windows walk you through the straightforward process of creating a System Restore Point — it’s as easy as that.