As an IT administrator, it is important to keep your software installs organized and up to date. This is especially important when dealing with multiple versions of the same program installed on the same system. A common problem is trying to distinguish between different versions of the same program in the Programs and Features list. Fortunately, Windows makes it easy to rename installed programs in the Programs and Features list.
The Programs and Features list is accessible through the Control Panel. To rename a program, first select it from the list. Then, click on the “Uninstall” button at the top of the list. This will open the uninstall window for the selected program. At the bottom of the window, there is a checkbox labeled “Rename”. Check this box and enter the new name for the program in the text field that appears. Click “OK” to save the changes.
The newly renamed program will now appear in the Programs and Features list with its new name. This is a great way to quickly distinguish between multiple versions of the same program, or to just give your software installs a bit of personality.
It is also possible to rename programs through the Windows registry. To do this, open the registry editor (regedit.exe). Navigate to the following key:
This will display a list of all the installed programs on your system. Each program will have a unique entry that contains information about that program. Look for the “DisplayName” key and double click it. This will open the Value Data window, which allows you to edit the name of the program. Enter the new name and click “OK”. The program will now appear with its new name in the Programs and Features list.
Renaming programs in the Programs and Features list is a great way to keep your software installs organized and up to date. It is easy to do, and can be done either through the uninstall window or through the Windows registry. With a few clicks, you can quickly distinguish between different versions of the same program, or just give your software a bit of personality.