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#1 mrag

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:47 AM

A friend gave me an older Toshiba Win7 laptop that I am trying to clean up for my daughter to use. I've been to Control Panel > User and I've seen this BC Tutorial on "How to rename the built in admin." However, when I went to Computer > properties I found what appears in the attached screen shot to be an easier way to rename the computer and accomplish the same thing. I have NOT tried it yet as I am quite good at digging myself into deep holes and I cold be confusing two different things. I basically want to change the current computer name from say "JeffieJr" to "Sidney" so that we do not see JeffieJr anymore anywhere. Thank you for any guidance.

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:57 AM

The method you show in the screenshot works fine.



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 01:09 PM

Instead of cleaning up the computer, reinstall the Windows 7. This is the best course of action to take when one gets a used system.

At some point you will be given a chance to give the computer a name.

A clean install will allow your daughter to customize the computer without having the previous owners "stuff" on it.

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 01:52 PM

I should have mentioned I do not own a Win7 license and no system recovery disks or drive partition, if they even did come with the original purchase, have been found. I would have preferred to wipe the drive. My next option was Linux, but this laptop really saw minimal if unknown, use and Win 7 is such a "nice" system. Is there a system backup I might have missed?



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 02:03 PM

You can grab the current product key in use on the system using ProduKey. By NirSoft. Then, you can download one of the official Windows 7 .iso released by Microsoft here (the one that matches your current one):

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

And proceed to create an installation media with it and reinstall Windows.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 03:58 AM

Thanks to all, information much appreciated. Some perhaps dumb followup points/questions:

1) The most current iso downloads are now apparently here (on a later post as noted)

2) Is it best to download to the pc it will be used on or doesn't it matter? (drivers?)

3) There is mention of a "30 day trial" but when does that start, on download, on install? Example, can I make a DVD now and use it next June?

4) A 4GB (or larger) flash drive (with the proper boot order in the BIOS) would work better than a DVD? (see tool here)

Please forgive my notation links. The idea of starting fresh on a used system makes the most sense. So when I go looking for this thread again next year, it'll be easier on the brain.



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Posted 22 December 2014 - 11:57 AM

FWIW:  Any trial software...the clock starts ticking once it is installed, not before.

 

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 12:12 PM

Addressing your questions one by one :)
  • You can safely use the .iso straight from the link I gave you, they are all working and I used them many times in the past, and so did thousands of other people :)
  • The download host doesn't matter as you're just preparing the installation media, not installing Windows 7 yet;
  • hamluis already took care of that question I see :wink:
  • Using a USB or a DVD doesn't matter. Personally, I find it easier to use USBs when installing Windows, but that's just me. Any of them will do;
You can let me know of any more questions you have on this procedure :)

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 10:23 PM

My plan is to reinstall Windows, but I am still curious about changing 'names.' As per the attached screen shot, I still have a user name I would like to change. How to do that without an entire re-install? Many thanks. userNames.jpg



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 11:46 PM

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/user-account-name-change

Although it says for Windows 8 this will also work in Win 7.




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