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#1 john11139

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 06:38 AM

I have a computer that I am going to retire and probably sell it at a flea market.  It originally came with Windows XP but windows 7 has been installed.  I really don't have any important info on the computer but still don't want someone to access it.  Can I do a restore to original settings? And if so, will it have XP reloaded on it or Windows 7.  I don't have a Windows 7 disc or a license COA # to put on it.  I really don't want to remove the hard drive as it would not be worth a new HD. And if not what files do I need to remove?



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:03 AM

Hi john, 

Make and model please 

depending on your answer there may be a factory restore.

Thanks

 

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:12 AM

If it has XP there is a good chance you will need a disc to install that operating system.

 

If you have a legal product key for this laptop you probably could get a local computer repair shop to make you a copy of the installation disc.  This will have to be the same version that was installed originally, XP Home, Pro, etc., it will also need to have the same 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

 

I don't know what your expectations are for selling this computer, but should be aware that this computer is very old technologically wise.  It is old enough that the electrolytic capacitors on the motherboard are either start to break down or are failing.  If this has the original hdd it could be in poor condition as well.  The PSU has large capacitors which could be old enough to be potential problem as well.  You can't expect anybody with any real knowledge of computers to be interested in pay very much for this.  


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:42 AM

Hi john,

Maybe another work around Install Linux of your choice 

it works well with older machines

and might make it a bit more sell-able

 

Good luck

 

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:00 AM

@hedgeley

 

That is a viable option.  But most people are not interested in learning how to use a different operating system.  Windows 8.1 is good example of this, almost everyone hates it because it isn't intuitive as previous Windows operating system had been.  They've had to learn a completely new operating system and don't like being forced to do this.


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 01:52 AM

@dc3

Good point  :thumbup2:

 

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