Windows 10: Trying to change 'FriendlyName' in registry

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  1.    08 May 2017 #1

    Trying to change 'FriendlyName' in registry


    I'm trying to change the name of a scanner in regedit via 'FriendlyName' in 'ControlSet001\Enum'. I have changed ownership to all Administrators, but the original value keeps coming back after a reboot.
    Any help on this?
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  2.    08 May 2017 #2

    I don't know if it will make a difference in this case but normally you would modify the values under the "CurrentControlSet" key rather than than "ControlSet001" or any of the other numbered control sets that may be present.
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  3.    08 May 2017 #3

    Thanks for that.
    Exactly the same situation if I make the change in 'CurrentControlSet'. Whatever change I make, it reverts to what it was originally after a reboot.
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  4.    08 May 2017 #4

    "Whatever change I make, it reverts to what it was originally after a reboot."

    Try turning off fast startup in Power & sleep settings. I've found that this makes some registry changes, I've made, stick, as It stores it's own registry state to enable faster start. Easy enough to try and change back if you really want it to save a couple seconds at start..
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  5.    09 May 2017 #5

    Thanks but no joy.
    All changes to both ControlSet001 or CurrentControlset just get reset after reboot.
    This is really annoying! for some reason in Printers and Scanners, one of my printer scanners is called KarasiPhone and I have no idea where that came from!
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  6.    09 May 2017 #6

    Hi, maybe this might help: but it would be good if there is a more recent version:
    TUTORIAL: How to change device names in Device Manager
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  7.    09 May 2017 #7

    Thanks but that is exactly what I do! Everything looks OK. I make the changes, and when I go to Device Manager, all the imaging devices are correctly renamed, BUT, whenever I reboot, the names revert to the old ones.
    This really is driving me crazy!
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  •    13 May 2017 #8

    Can nobody help with this?
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       13 May 2017 #9

    Hi Just a few thoughts?

    Check to make sure permissions are set to "Computername\Administrators" not "Computername\Administrator"

    also try:
    Althought this solution is pre windos 10, there may be a registry entry from any upgrades. Worth a look anyhoo..
    Look for a registry entry - DWORD "NoSaveSettings"
    If present, normally found in one of the keys below.Delete the key if found and restart.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerHKEY_USERS\.Default\Sof tware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Window s\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerHKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Program Manager\Restrictions


    also try:
    You may be able to prevent this by making yourself both the owner and the only person who has full access to the key. Ensure that "System" and "Everyone" has read-access only.

    also try:
    Deleting the key in question and renter manually
    Sometimes a corrupt key may appear to be working as expected!

    HTH
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  •    13 May 2017 #10

    Thanks for that. Unfortunately, none of your suggestions worked! (Most of the entries didn't exist in the registry).
    Here's what is happening. See attached screen grab. This is one of the entries for one of my HP Envy 4520 printer/scanners.
    You can see the FriendlyName is set to 'Karas-iPhone....'. Kara was my son's girlfriend a long time ago, and her iPhone was connected to our wifi. How this has been associated with my new(!) HP 4520 printer, I'll never know.
    Anyway, no matter what I do - change, delete, etc. - in regedit, this always reverts to 'Karas-iPhone' after a reboot!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails reg.JPG  
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