Office - Change Owners Name

  Taff36 21:55 14 Mar 2005

I have been given an old Win98 machine that belonged to a local GP. Basically I have cleaned every reference, file, MRU etc but before I pass it on to a worthwhile home I need to change the owners name that appears whenever I open Word. Excel or Publisher. (The name appears on the splashscreen and of course if you go to Help>about)

I have scoured the registry but can`t find the string even after searching. Any clues?

  Taff36 22:18 14 Mar 2005

Thanks for that but It`s Windows 98 (First Edition) The software was OEM version and although I have discs for the OS and drivers and a full set of invoices/service history the programs were preloaded. Note - Not strictly speaking an Office Suite just the programs I mentioned initially.

Incidentally the entire system was an Evesham Vale, Win98, 17" monitor and speakers. 6.5 GB HDD 100 Mhz processor and just less than £2K !!!

  Taff36 06:43 15 Mar 2005

Bump but out for the day. Any Other Suggestions would be welcome.

  Graham ® 09:03 15 Mar 2005

And Excel, Tools, Options, General.

  Graham ® 09:37 15 Mar 2005

The name appearing on the splashscreen may mean it is embedded in the BIOS. If so, you could only format and re-install 98, without the programs.

Office 97 and Publisher can be obtained reasonably priced from Ebay.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:44 15 Mar 2005

click here about halfway down.

Changing the registered owner of windows should also change the owner in the office programs.

  Taff36 11:45 16 Mar 2005

I`ll try all the suggestions and let you know how I got on. By the way I have changed the user name in Windows but it doesn`t affect the Office Programmes so I reckon it`s in tools options. Back to you all Friday on this one!

  Taff36 11:42 21 Mar 2005

No Luck I`m afraid. Looking at the user info within Word & Excel doesn`t change the registered owner. Lokit - I followed your registry clue but the registered information relates to the computer owner and not the names I`m trying to get rid of. (Managed to get rid of some address information though so it was a good tip.)

I think the only way to do this is through add and remove programmes but to do this I need the original OEM disks - which weren`t supplied with the computer.

Stuck for the moment but someone may have a solution even yet!

  Graham ® 12:50 21 Mar 2005

From previous experience, a format may be your only option. As you have the '98 discs, you would only lose the office programs.

It would still be of value to a worthwhile home without them, but as I said, they are cheaply obtainable on Ebay.

  Taff36 13:51 21 Mar 2005

Graham - Thanks I think you`re right but I will hang on for a bit in case I can lay my hands on someone elses legit discs and simply change the names. (After all they are licensed, I just don`t know the CD Key)

  Graham ® 15:19 21 Mar 2005

Belarc or Everest will give the CD key.

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