I was just given a used laptop by my father which he recieved from his work. He told me that all i needed to do was figure out how to reconfigure it just to get all his work stuff off it. I have been asking around and doing a little internet search and can not figure out how to do it. I dont know if this is somthing i need to have a specialist do or if i can do it myself. Would someone please be able to help me with this? Thank you!
Do you want to save your father's work and do your own things?? then you can just leave your father's profile as it is and make another user account by your name, login with that name and do what ever you wanna do.
i dont want to save all his stuff i want to get rid of everything he put on it. every program, everything he downloaded. i basically want it back to the basic windows like you would have when starting up a computer for the first time, nothing extra. perhaps reconfigure was the wrong term. i just didnt know if there was a specially process to getting rid of everything.
You'll have to uninstall every software that your father installed .. and you can delete your father's profile and make a username of your own to start a new shiny windows ... thats the basic cleaning I'm telling you.
No, seriously. If you need to bering it back to the "new computer stage", I'd suggest you get your hands on the OS media and format the HD completely. Then, setup your OS afresh.
yes. if it came with a recovery disk try to get hold of it and restart the computer with it in the CD-rom drive
if it didn't you're best trying to get hold of a plain windows XP disk. i wouldnt buy a retail one maybe try ebay or something. no point spendin £200 on windows when you can get a new laptop with it installed for like £400
same here, i got a used dell laptop . but when i turn it on all i get is the window asking for username and password. i cant get passed this, is there a way to go around or reset or negate this??? please any advice will do, or i will have to throw it away.a dell laptop at a business closeout
If you want to truly remove all of the data, thus preventing any future user from ever recovering it, then use a disk nuke application. Otherwise, clear his profile, and use add/remove programs to unistall software which he installed. Then delete the use, from computer management.