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Restore system

by lylesg / June 4, 2012 1:17 AM PDT

I'm not sure I should even ask this question here, but it is for a good cause and who could know for sure, but me.

I have a HP, Pent 4 with XP machine that was donated to our Humane Soc. yard sale. The previous owner left his password protected user account (adminstrator) on the machine and I can boot up the machine as "guest user." However, the machine limits useage and I have tried inserting an XP cd in hopes of restoring the hard drive, but I the machine tells me that I must be adminstrator in order to restore.

Is there a way for me to get around this issue and restore the HD, or just drop it off at the recyclers?

Thanks

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Never mind, I am going to give it to the recyclers....
by lylesg / June 4, 2012 1:27 AM PDT
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it will be too much trouble to only get 20-25 bucks.

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by Willy / June 4, 2012 4:53 AM PDT

While you posted you plan to give this old PC to a recycler, I suggest you at least do a wiping of the hard drive. You use a pgm., like KILLDISK or DBAN(google for them) and burn it to a disc and allow to wipe clean the PC hard drive. -OR- remove the HD in order to protect the old user from anyone trying to sleeve through the old data/info.

tada -----Willy Happy

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