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Changing sign in on Windows 7 Machine

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#1 JazzMahn


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Posted 23 March 2018 - 08:40 PM

I rebuilt a Dell Desktop computer due to a failed hard drive.  Ordered a new hard drive and installed Windows 7.  All went well and I was able to get all the devices set up.


My problem is that when I set the computer up I had not planned on selling it.  A friend saw it and wanted to buy.  I had already set the computer up with my Administrative  Microsoft User Name and Password.  


Now that I have sold it I want to get my sign in user name and password off the machine so they could put in their own username and password.  


I would appreciate some assistance on how to get this done.  Thanks in advance for your assistance.  

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 23 March 2018 - 08:50 PM

Create a generic admin user without a password. Login to the new admin account. In the admin account delete your Administrative account. As far as I know Windows 7 does not use Microsoft Accounts, only local accounts.


After deleting your account press the WIndows key + R. In the Run box type

control userpasswords2 

Verify your Account is gone. If not select it and click Remove.


I would run CCleaner and select the option to Wipe Free Space on the hard drive. 

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