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Modify My Computer text to show logged on username and machine name


It all began one day when i was asked this question :  How can I modify the My Computer text to show logged on username and machine name?

 It may be useful to have the My Computer icon to show the current logged on user and computer name and this can be configured as follows:

  1. Go to run and type “Regedit” to Start the registry editor
  2. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  3. Select the <No Name> value and Delete it.
  4. From the Edit menu select ‘Add Value’
  5. Leave the value name blank and set the type to REG_EXPAND_SZ
  6. Click OK and enter the text
    User: %USERNAME% on: %COMPUTERNAME% and click all the OK pop-ups.
  7. Click on the desktop and press F5 (for refresh) for the change takes effect

Note : If you do not change the value type to REG_EXPAND_SZ the %username% and %computername% does not get expanded to the actual user name and computer name.

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