17 November, 2011

How to change the Visual Studio 2010 Registered User and Organization

The Microsoft Visual Studio .NET logo.Image via Wikipedia17-Nov-2011

I've been looking at my splash screen and About info, and all the while, I have been just ignoring the registered User and Organization info. Until lately. I thought I should get that info corrected, or, have it show the user and organization to my liking, whatever. Hey, I've come across one forum and one guy actually asked the same question, and he said that if that doesn't change, then whenever errors happen, and dumps are sent, then the user and organization will be Microsoft-Microsoft. I mean, he is saying that correcting those 2 values is to Microsoft's advantage.

Anyway, so many blogs copy from each other, and what's worse, they copy wrongly.

I have tried, and found that only the organization was changed. The company is correctly reflected, but the user remains the same. One blog after another. One article after another. All saying the same thing.

Until today.

I searched, and seems to me that the day is beginning nice.


Chinthaka Bandara wrote the same old stuff, and more. From his blog, entitled Changing Visual Studio 2010 Registered User & Organization, I've seen the complete solution to changing the user and organization info, in both the splash screen, and in the About details.


During installation, you are not allowed to enter these values, the user and company/organization. These values are picked up from some registry settings.

Having said thus, we will need to modify the registry. So, edit at your own risk!

VS2010 About screen

On a x86 bit (32 bit OS) computer follow the below path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegisteredOrganization

On a x64 bit (64 bit OS) computer follow the below path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegisteredOrganization

You can click on the Close button (the Red button with an X on it at the top right of the registry editor windows), but as always, the recommended step to close the windows is through the menu: File > Exit.

Changing the UserName will change the first line in the help about dialog.
Changing the RegisteredOrganization will change the second line in the help about dialog.

VS2010 Splash screen

NOTE: This will reset the IDE settings, so you better do an export settings first, which, of course, you will restore by importing afterwards.

Open up a command prompt.

On a x86 bit (32 bit OS) computer go to below directory:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE

On a x64 bit (64 bit OS) computer go to below directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE

Type "devenv.exe /setup", then hit [Enter].

Did I mention that while doing this, VS2010 IDE should be closed?

Well, if not, then close the IDE, and do again from the start.

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Now, when you activate the VS2010 IDE, take note of the spash screen. User and Organization values should now be changed. A couple of minutes later (longer if you have a slow computer), click on About to display VS2010 details, and voila! User and Organization info should also be changed.

For if not, how?

I do not know...

At least the steps here I have tried myself, on several computers, and they didn't fail me.

Till then!