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Someone gave my computer a naughty name

I have just acquired a computer running W2k which the low-life owner gave an obscene name.  I downloaded a little utility from PCMag called RegistryRobot which worked, but changed only HKLM\Software\MicroSoft\WindowsNT\
CurrentVesion\RegisteredOwner. It still appears in SystemProperties, ComputerName.

The registry has 10 or 12 more instances of the bad one.  I can certainly backup the registry, and go thru it modifying them all, or some of them.  If I should decide to change ALL of them, is there an easy way to do it globally?  Like, export to an editor with a search and replace function?  Or am I not fully understanding how to use Regedit?

Joe
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jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
If it is of any interest, the name appears in the left pane only once, under AutoSync.  In the right pane I find OldName, RegOwner, RegisteredOwner, AltDefaultDomain Name, Default DomainName, CompterName (4 times), HostName (3 times), NVHostName (3 times), FullName (twice) and LOGONSERVER.  I guess I am really only worried about deleting the left pane entry and LOGONSERVER.  I do not have a domain, but Bozo named the Workgroup "DOMAIN".

Anyone?
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jkrCommented:
Right-click on "My Computer", choose "Properties" and go to the "Network Identification" tab. There is a button labeled "Network Name" (or simila, no English W2k here) that allows you to change that.
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frankaCommented:
you don't need to edit the registry: simply rename the computer (logged on as admin) in the system properties, where you also can rename your workgroup (name doesn't matter).
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mikecrCommented:
Okay, I need you to be more specific. Are you talking about the actual computer name, or, the name that he used when he installed the operating system and was presented with the user information screen?

If it is the computer name, right click on the My Computer icon and choose properties. Then go to the Network Identification tab and on the next window, choose properties. In the next window, you can change your computer name. Once you have changed it to whatever you want, click on okay and you will be prompted to reboot the computer. Once you have restarted, any instance of the computer name that shows up in the registry will be changed to the new name. If you had the CD, I would just suggest blowing it away and starting from scratch. Who knows what else you might find on there.
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jmiller47Commented:
The answer to your question is NO. Unfortunately, let's say your computer's name is computer1. And the registered to name is Username. When you install Office 2000, Symantec antivirus, etc., it will register that specific software to the registered user at that time. This registered name will usually appear on the splash screen and other places in that application. Each application saves this registered name in it's own place in the registry or INI file. Even if you were to change the registered to name for the OS, each and every application that saved that info would need to be changed.

There is no universal place to change this for every occurance for each application.

If you do find specific places you need to change, post them here and we may be able to help.

jkr already posted one place that needs to be changed. If you find more, post them here. Otherwise, the answer to your question is no, there is no global place.
But we certainly can help weed out all the little references to the name.

Good luck!
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dew_associatesCommented:
Unfortunately Joe, there's no easy way to do this globally, just a manual edit of the Windows Registry. Although you can kill the name this way throughout the entire PC, this won't change any data files created when software registration occurs.

Dennis
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jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Well, since there are 20 instances of the name in the registry, I suppose that modifying them all is not a larger task than re-installing the OS.  And I guess that F*** Y** appearing in McAfee is not worth worrying about.  Hell, I don't like anti-virus programs anyway.

Joe
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jmiller47Commented:
Tell us about where that shows up in McAffee.

I'm sure someone can find the way to change that pretty easily...
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jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Well, since there are 20 instances of the name in the registry, I suppose that modifying them all is not a larger task than re-installing the OS.  And I guess that F*** Y** appearing in McAfee is not worth worrying about.  Hell, I don't like anti-virus programs anyway.

Joe
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jmiller47Commented:
:-) you posted that yesterday. What about the McAffee problem?
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jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Thanks to Dennis for responding so quickly, and JM who first detailed the difficulty.  Strange that one can read the registry, modify it, export it to a file but not edit it with any editor.  Dennis has more points than god and the new guy should be encouraged.  Wish I had more time to help others, except that I guess I just don't know.

Joe B

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jmiller47Commented:
do you still want us to work on the McAffee problem? Im sure we can get that...
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dew_associatesCommented:
Geeez, I guess I'll have to lose some of those points.

<grin>
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jmiller47Commented:
If Dennis has more points than God, how many points does God have?

And furthermore, I haven't really seen God participate much here lately...

Dennis, I don't really think you can lose any points. I never see you spend any on asking questions... You only answer them... :->
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dew_associatesCommented:
Hmmm, I guess I'll have to think of a few questions then.
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jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Glad you guys are having so much fun.  Dennis, ask a hard one, like, Which is the "any" key?  jm:  thanks on the McAfee offer, except that i made a silly error -- I clicked yes or something on whether to update the definitions.  When it was finished, or so, it said:  "insert your CD".  Duh!  Well, in order to fix that I had to uninstall the program.  Frankly, I find removing viruses much easier than removing (or even having) anti-virus programs.  

Best to all.

jbfstplk@excite.com
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