change ownership of a computer

By maryunger3
Dec 29, 2006
  1. I just bought a used computer and I want to remove all evidence of the new owner with out formatting the HD. Its a Sony Vaio with win XP madia edition.
    How can I do this?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    CAUTION: *make sure* you have a new login for you AND
    the admin login is also available (& you have the password) with admin privileges.

    login as ADMIN

    go to \Documents and Settings
    find the directory for user to be obliterated and click into it
    find the Documents folder and click into it
    select all and delete​
    this will delete all documents saved by that user (normally anyway)

    there are two other folders to clobber
    Application Data and Local Settings

    now the data and settings are gone, use the CP-> User Accounts,
    and delete that user w/o saving files.

    this will dump anything that was NOT EXPLICITLY saved elsewhere
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Welcome to Techspot :wave: !
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Welcome, mate!

    Cheers ;)
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