There are a number of reasons you might want to change or update the registration information for your Windows system, but since it requires a registry edit, it can be kind of a pain. If you don't like editing the Windows registry directly, there's a nice little tool that will automate this task for you.
In this week's TR Dojo episode, I show you how to change the registration information on your Windows system using TechRepublic's Vista and XP Registration Changer tools. You can download the free tools from TechRepublic's software directory:
To use the Vista version of our tool, you'll need to download and install the Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista from Microsoft. And just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you actually DO it, I'd like to know how common changing the registration information on Windows machines is with TechRepublic members.
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Shutlz's articles:
- Change the registration information in Windows Vista with this handy tool
- Change the registered owner of Windows XP the easy way
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.