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#1 jcwrightjr

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:10 PM

i am giving this acer aspire one to a friend and want to remove all personal information from this computer. i am currently running windows xp home edition version 2002 service pack 3, on this unit. how do i do this?



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:21 PM

Format the system or wipe the hard drive....have your friend clean install Win 7 or later or llinux....that would be the route I would suggest.

 

Windows XP is unsupported, more vulnerable to malware than either of the other suggestions...and probably should not be used by less than users capable of resolving system problems on their own, IMO.

 

Familiarity is no reason for anyone to be using Windows XP, at this time, IMO.  Everything must change...iinclucing bad habits developed years ago that result in increased vulnerabilities to user systems today..

 

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:32 PM

thank you for your responce. this is a new user and i will recomend this.  what do i need to do?



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:49 PM

What Acer model is rthis sytem?  Aspire One is a line of various systems built by Acer...we need your specific model to properly advise you.

 

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 07:10 PM

i think it says d250-1126, on the back.



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 07:52 PM

thank you for the help. i googled the problem, ran ccleaners and changed accounts.

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 08:35 PM

I agree with a format and a clean install, since this is for a friend. But, depending on how sensitive your data is, or if you were to give the computer to be recycled, DBAN is the closest thing to cutting the hard disk into little pieces (which I would do).



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 09:12 PM

my data is not very sensitive.i want to do as mr. louis has suggested. i would like to download a windows 7 version if this is possible.i have made a new administator account, ran ccleaners, deleted my account, and defragged. i think i have a 32-bit system since x64 is not displayed in system properties. can i do this or do i have to buy a disk?



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 09:29 AM

Is THIS your system?

 

Frankly...with the components listed, this sytem looks to be a better fit for linux than Win 7.

 

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 09:40 AM

my data is not very sensitive.i want to do as mr. louis has suggested. i would like to download a windows 7 version if this is possible.i have made a new administator account, ran ccleaners, deleted my account, and defragged. i think i have a 32-bit system since x64 is not displayed in system properties. can i do this or do i have to buy a disk?

You would need to purchase Windows 7. I would do what hamluis advises and install a linux distro. Ubuntu or Mint. The lighter versions are Xubuntu and Mint Xfce.



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 01:25 PM

no, this is an old system of my fathers. do i have the wrong numbers? where should i look?



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 01:40 PM

dear sir,

this system is not equiped with a cd drive. usb's only. i am looking for the most cost effective solution.

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 03:21 PM

It may have a factory recovery partition, if so the reload will put it back to factory specs sans all of your files.  Well worth looking into and it will have all the proper drivers.  Find the correct model then Google it to see if in fact it does have a recovery partition, if it does Alt F10 will make it like new.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 04:26 PM

Here is your Aspire one support page. Edit: In the dropdown boxes select Netbook > Aspire One > AOD250

 

Here is your computer user manual.

 

Here is the service manual.

 

You can do a factory reset withing Windows if you have a recovery partition.

Step 1

Click "Start | All Programs | Acer Empowering Technology." Click "Acer eRecovery Management."

Step 2

Click "Restore" and select "Restore System to Factory Default." The computer will restart and boot into the recovery utility.

 

You can also do a factory reset at boot. Power off the computer. Power on the computer. Hold the Alt key down and tap F10 at the Acer Logo.\

 

Are you interested in downloading and installing a linux distro like Ubuntu using a USB key?


Edited by JohnC_21, 28 February 2015 - 04:34 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 04:34 PM

if this is the best option for a new user.






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