Solved Word 6.0 old user name change

May 8, 2014 at 12:02:36
Specs: Windows 3.1, 486
I have an old 486 with Office 4.3 installed on windows 3.1 When word or excel open they show the registered user as <NAME> I want to change or remove that name. Any ideas?
I saw somewhere to change the setup.ini to a 0 byte file but the links provided were dead. (as they were from 2006)

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May 8, 2014 at 22:49:19
Windows 3.1 & DOS on a 486 was what I did my PC training on 20 years ago, I'm amazed it's still in use.

My guess is that <name> will be somewhere in the Registry, so open it and run a search for that name.

(Windows 3.1 does have a Registry, it was introduced with that Windows version).

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May 9, 2014 at 05:03:40
How do I get to it. In run I typed RegEdit but that didn't work

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May 9, 2014 at 15:11:57
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REGEDIT.EXE is in the root C:\WINDOWS directory. In file manager go to the directory and use the Run... in the File drop down menu then type"regedit.exe /v" (without quotes) in the window. You can access the actual entries with the /v switch instead of just editing file types.

I should also mention the registry in windows 3.x is so primitive in comparison to the modern registry, you should have no problem navigating it. Even the Windows 95 registry is a massive difference in structure and is more or less still very similar to today's Windows OS's.

Nevertheless, just as then as now, care should be taken in editing the Win 3.x registry, but it is easy enough to back up the old one first by copying REG.DAT into another name eg. REG.OLD. Then you can simply use DOS to put things right if Windows doesn't work or if other wonky behavior should happen.

Edit: Not sure if you can change the software registration name through the registry in any case. I am inclined to think the registration gets hard-coded into the Office suite during the original setup process. Again, not completely sure on that.

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