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Another Newbie Question--Can I delete files/downloads from previous owner


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#1 mikewells

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

I just got a used laptop from my nephew (with XP Home) and he has hella downloads on it that's taking up a lot of the hard-drive space.

 

Can I delete everything that he had saved if I delete his old user account?    Or is their another way to do it? 

 

Or is that even possible?

 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

As long as these aren't applications belonging to Windows XP you should be able to delete or uninstall them at your discretion.  If you have any questions regarding any programs you aren't sure of please post them.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

I don't think that system files/folders in Docs/Settings will be deleteable...but I think they might go away if the user profile is deleted from User Accounts.

 

The data files in Docs/Settings may require taking ownership before you can delete them.

 

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

 

Add “Take Ownership” Option in Files and Folders Context Menu in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8 - Tweaking with Vishal - http://www.askvg.com/add-take-ownership-option-in-file-folder-context-menu-in-windows-vista/

 

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