Office XP STD and User Profiles.

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I wonder if anyone could help me clear something up. Basically I installed Office XP STD on a machine using a profile which I latered created a default profile from. Now every user account which picks up this default profile displays the same username when opening an office application on the splash screen where it says "This program is licensed to:" Now we all know End Users, they cry at the smallest things, and seeing someone elses username appear on "their" computer is a major issue. I was wondering if anyone knows where in the user account this information is stored, as I have already created 10+ domain accounts from this default profile. Many Thanks in advance, Darren

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It’s hack the registry time……
For each of your finicky clients, you’ll have to modify the ‘RegOwner’ string value. That’s where you’ll find the ‘common’ ‘licenced to’ value for Office XP.
So, run regedit, (back it up first of course), do a search for RegOwner, then modify the string value to the respective client’s name.

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  • DarrenAdministartor
    I searched for 'RegOwner', and found a few entries for it, although not the one I require! Well atleast I don't think so anyway. I found the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInstallerUserDataS-1-5-18Products9040820900063D11C8EF00054038389CInstallProperties which had a string called "DisplayName", and the Data was "Microsoft Office XP Pro with FrontPage" (this is on my machine btw). So I thought this would be the one. In the same key i edited the Data for 'RegOwner' and this made no difference to the splash screen for office Apps. I could not find any others that had the correct info in them. I'm not saying what you said is wrong, but is it possible the string name is something different to RegOwner? And does that key above look like its totally in the wrong place, because it doesn't look right to me. Cheers
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  • Foxman7046
    Sorry, should have also stated, also search for the string that appears as the current registered owner, IE the one that you made up in your common install for deployment. I have used this method with win2k and XPhome and Pro. On my particular laptop I find RegOwner in these locations HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInstallerUserData you'll notice that that area holds pretty much all the software packages that are installed on your machine
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  • DarrenAdministartor
    Thanks for the responses. I have actually found a simple solution to this problem, so simple infact I feel rather stupid! Open any Office XP application, click Tools>Options. Goto the General Tab and look for User Name: (Its at the bottom). Hey presto. Although this only changes the username of who Office is registered to, not the orginisation.
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