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How to get rid of name & password in Windows XP Home

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#1 sweets


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Posted 04 November 2010 - 07:54 AM

I inherited this computer with Windows XP Home with the previous owner's name and password to log on to Windows. I have the password so that's no problem but is it possible to revert the machine back to before this person gave it a name and password? If so how's that done and would I then lose everything on her Desktop?
Also I looked under My Computer and found the previous person's documents with Corel User Files and desktop.ini. However nothing much inside them, would they be lost or does that matter?

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 08:03 AM

You can change the computer name by going to Start> right click on My Computer> Properties> Computer Name.

You can change the password and user information under User Accounts in the Control Panel.

Edited by dc3, 04 November 2010 - 08:05 AM.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 08:05 AM

You can delete her User Account. You will be asked if you want to keep the user account related files (in her My Documents folder). By deleting her account you would lose the customizations she has made to her account like desktop wallpaper, start menu settings, explorer and browser settings etc. You will not lose any installed programs.

You can follow these steps -
1. Create an administrator account for yourself.
2. Log out of her account and login to your account.
3. Backup her documents (if you want). Her documents would be located in a folder like C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\
4. Delete her account.

You should always keep an administrator level account for yourself even if you use another standard account.

How to create, delete, disable user accounts in XP : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279783

Edited by Romeo29, 04 November 2010 - 08:09 AM.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 09:29 AM

thanks Romeo you knew what i wanted

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