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I've installed MS Office 2013 on Windows 2008 R2 Server that has Remote Desktop (Terminal Services) role enabled.
When I installed MS Office 2013, i installed it as the Administrator user.

Now when a user log into the server i.e. User1 as the remote desktop (terminal services) user and launch either Word, Excel (any of the office 2013 application) and create a comment on a Word document for example, it says that it is logged into Word as Administrator and the comments are done by Administrator as oppose to the name of the user that is logged in i.e User1.

Please see attached image.

How can I get it to display the name of the user i.e. User1 who has made the comments as oppose to Administrator?

Many Thanks
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Joshua GrantomSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
When installing software on a Terminal Server you have to install under

Change user /install

Once the software is finished installing you change back to

Change user /execute

You also have to make sure you have a valid volume license that will allow you to install on a terminal server. If not, you are violating Terms of Use.
I had never installed office 2013 on a server yet, but in lots of PCs.

I have seen this only when I installed the software in clean installs to use image for new builds.

My solution was to log off the user from office and close it.

When the new user will open its session it will use the user credentials from the domain.
Joshua GrantomSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
It is still a violation of the Microsoft TOS unless you have volume licensing for the amount of users that login to that server.
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markbenhamAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

Many thanks for your responses, however this is happening to only 2 users, the other ~20 users appear to
display their own name when Word 2013 is launched.

The other 2 users are showing Administrator when Word 2013 is launched?

How would I know how many users are allowed on my version of volume licensing? Is there a way to check?

Many Thanks
markbenhamAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

I've come up with my own solution to my issue. Here is what I had to do to fix it.

1. Log as the user in Terminal Services (Remote desktop)
2. Open regedit and go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity\Identities"
3. In there, is a subkey - the same as the userID, followed by _AD

i.e. administrator@domain.local_AD

4. Rename this subkey to the same name as the user you've logged into in step1. i.e
5. Next Click on this subkey and on the right hand pane change the String value "EmailAddress", "FriendlyName", "Initials" and "ProviderId"


EmailAddress - change administrator@domain.local to
FriendlyName - change Administrator to User.Name
Initials - change from A (administrator) to U N (
ProviderID - change administrator@domain.local to

6. Now we need to add a new "String Value" and name it "SigninName" but without any value
7. Next, go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Identity\Profiles"
8. In there, Rename the key administrator@domain.local to (as in step 4)
9. Next, close regedit, log out and back in again, open Word and the account name should now be changed as above.

Hope this will help anyone who is experiencing the same issue as I have.



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markbenhamAuthor Commented:
It is because I've tested it out and it has worked and solved my problem.
Have you try log in with another user to see which one displays after the change?

Will it change to the current user or stay on only one user?
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