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How to display My Computer as Username on Computername
Author: Craig "hachiroku" Mercer
Date Created:2001-05-17
Operating System(s):Windows Logo imageWindows NT/2000/XP

For Windows NT
Using REGEDT32.EXE or Registry Commander (this is necessary for REG_EXPAND_SZ) open your registry and find the key below.
Delete the existing value called "No Name" and add a new REG_EXPAND_SZ value with an empty value name and set the string to equal "%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%".

For Windows 2000/XP
Rename the value named "LocalizedString" to "LocalizedString.old". Create a new REG_EXPAND_SZ value named "LocalizedString", and copy the contents of the original value to the new value except change the words "My Computer" to equal "%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%". For example, the new "LocalizedString" value may equal "@C:\WINNT\system32\shell32.dll,-9216@1033,%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%".

Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}]
Data Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ (Expanded String Value)

The Usual Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Use the information provided at your own risk.