user name change

  Newby 07:03 18 Feb 2003

I have just sold a computer to a friend and I want to change the user name on the computer without having to format the hard drive. How do I do this?

  temp003 07:23 18 Feb 2003

If you use XP, go to Control Panel, User accounts. In Pick a task, select change an account, select the account, select change a name. Then type in the new name, and click Change Name.

However, the folder name under "Documents and Settings" will not change.

The alternative is to delete the account altogether and create a new one.

  Simon_P 08:29 18 Feb 2003

for win 3X 9X or ME

click here;en-us;q88363

  Simon_P 08:33 18 Feb 2003

for some reason the link is not exact, thats microsoft for you!
this is what it says:

How to Change Name and Company After Windows Installation
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows 3.1
Microsoft Windows 3.11
Microsoft Windows for Workgroups
Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

This article was previously published under Q88363
This article discusses an undocumented and unsupported command-line parameter. Microsoft does not support or encourage the use of this parameter and provides this article as information only. Use this parameter at your own risk.

This article discusses how to change your name and company name in Microsoft Windows after you have already installed Windows.

When Windows is installed, part of the Setup program asks for your name and company. This information is then written to different places depending on which version of Windows you are running:

Windows This information is stored in
Windows 3.1 USER.EXE
Windows 3.11 USER.EXE
Windows for Workgroups 3.1 USER.EXE
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 SERIALNO.INI
Windows 95 Registry
Windows 98 Registry
Windows Me Registry

USER.EXE is located in the Windows\SYSTEM directory and is not an editable file.

SERIALNO.INI is located in the Windows directory and is an editable file.
Steps to Change Name and Company
If you are using Windows version 3.1, 3.11, or Windows for Workgroups 3.1:

From the Program Manager File menu, choose Run.
In the Command Line box, type "setup /f" (without quotation marks) and choose OK.
Enter the new name and company, and then choose Continue.
When you are asked to confirm the name and company, choose Continue.
When the Setup Options screen is displayed, choose Continue.
When the Install Components screen is displayed, choose Continue.
If the swap file screen is displayed, choose Continue.
When you are asked to insert a Windows disk, choose the Exit Setup button.
When you are asked to confirm exiting Setup, choose Yes.
Windows Setup closes and you automatically exit Windows. When you restart Windows, the new user name and company name appear.

If you are using Windows for Workgroups 3.11, either edit the SERIALNO.INI file with a text editor (such as Notepad) and restart Windows for Workgroups, or use the above procedure running WINSETUP /F instead of SETUP /F in step 2.

If you are using Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

NOTE: For information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing Keys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE). Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files (SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT) before you edit the registry.

Use Registry Editor to change the RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner values in:

  Newby 10:42 18 Feb 2003

Thank you temp03 and Simon 7063
I haven't tried out the changes yet. The computer is at my friend's house - but I shall.
Incidentally the progamme is Win Me.
Thanks again.

  Newby 10:44 18 Feb 2003

temp003. Sorry! Missed a part of your name off!!!

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