How to change program name?

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  1. Posts : 39
    windows 10
       #1

    How to change program name?


    So I know how to rename a file or shortcut, of course.

    But I want to change a program name so it appears how it I want it whenever its name comes up.

    For example, for Media Player Classic, when I choose "open with", it should say Media Player Classic, instead of MPC-HC x64, like it says now.

    I actually changed the info in the .exe file with Resource Hacker. I changed file description from MPC-HC x64 to Media Player Classic, but that didn't work.

    Not sure what else to do.

    Don't ask me why, I'm just weird, lol.
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  2. Posts : 1,244
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2 (Build: 19044.1415)
       #2

    mkmossop said:
    For example, for Media Player Classic, when I choose "open with", it should say Media Player Classic, instead of MPC-HC x64, like it says now.

    I actually changed the info in the .exe file with Resource Hacker. I changed file description from MPC-HC x64 to Media Player Classic, but that didn't work.
    I don't know how to do it but here is a little advice, for "open with" menu a program does not need to run to appear there, therefore touching the exe file makes no sense except maybe renaming the file itself.

    More likely you'll have to find registry value usually called "DisplayName".

    A few keys for you to hack are found in HKLM:
    Code:
    SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths
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  3. Posts : 39
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    zebal said:
    I don't know how to do it but here is a little advice, for "open with" menu a program does not need to run to appear there, therefore touching the exe file makes no sense except maybe renaming the file itself.

    More likely you'll have to find registry value usually called "DisplayName".

    A few keys for you to hack are found in HKLM:
    Code:
    SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths
    Oh right... I forgot I did actually add a new string called Media Player Classic in:

    Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\media player classic.exe\shell\open

    Someone in some forum said that would do it, but it didn't.

    What do you mean a few keys for me to hack? Like I should look in those for DisplayName?
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  4. Posts : 1,244
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2 (Build: 19044.1415)
       #4

    Yes, but you should back up your registry just in case:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-d428a2ab0692
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  5. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #5

    Create your own entry in the Top Root...

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  6. Posts : 39
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    zebal said:
    Yes, but you should back up your registry just in case:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-d428a2ab0692
    Unfortunately I don't see MPC in any of those keys...

    Edwin said:
    Create your own entry in the Top Root...
    I'm not super computer savvy... how do I do that?
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  7. Posts : 18,142
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1766 (x64) [21H2]
       #7

    mkmossop said:
    Unfortunately I don't see MPC in any of those keys...



    I'm not super computer savvy... how do I do that?



    Ok... when I right click a video file and choose: Open with... one of my choices is "VLC media player"

    So... I open the registry and clicked Edit > Find ...and typed: VLC media player in the box
    Then... I put a check mark in: Match whole string only, and then clicked Find

    I only found about 6-7 entries for that in the registry.

    The ones that I think are the ones you need to change were called...

    FriendlyAppName

    ApplicationName





    So what I would do is backup the registry, then do the same thing I did, but instead of searching for VLC media player...search for: MPC-HC x64

    And when you find the ones called...

    FriendlyAppName or ApplicationName ...they will probably say: MPC-HC x64

    Just change that from: MPC-HC x64 ...to... Media Player Classic

    Most registry changes require a reboot to go into effect.

    Note: There were TWO FriendlyAppName and two ApplicationName in my registry.
    So you would have to edit four entries total.





    @Edwin
    @zebal

    Could you test this for me... I don't have MPC installed.

    Short version: I'm thinking that whatever is under FriendlyAppName and/or ApplicationName ..is what shows up on the right click menu, and possibly on the program's title bar.

    The only other entries in my registry for "VLC media player" were MUI entries.
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  8. Posts : 12,463
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #8

    I've had success with a few installs doing a Custom, allowed changing where installed and could have with the displayed name.
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  9. Posts : 39
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Ghot said:
    Ok... when I right click a video file and choose: Open with... one of my choices is VLC media player

    So... I open the registry and clicked Edit > Find ...and typed: VLC media player in the box
    Then... I put a check mark in: Match whole string only, and then clicked Find

    I only found about 6-7 entries for that in the registry.

    The ones that I think are the ones you need to change were called...

    FriendlyAppName

    ApplicationName

    Hey thanks so much for the detailed reply!

    It appears though that whatever I did before in the registry DID actually work. I just tried to open something again and it's been changed. I rebooted earlier and either didn't check it after (although I think I did), or it took a while to take effect for some reason.

    Anyway thanks for all the help!
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  10. Posts : 18,142
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1766 (x64) [21H2]
       #10

    mkmossop said:
    Hey thanks so much for the detailed reply!

    It appears though that whatever I did before in the registry DID actually work. I just tried to open something again and it's been changed. I rebooted earlier and either didn't check it after (although I think I did), or it took a while to take effect for some reason.

    Anyway thanks for all the help!


    Well, this happens to us a lot. We make the proper changes, but then forget to reboot, to make them take effect.
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