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Defaging With No Control Pannel


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#1 tacm

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 08:55 PM

Hi guys, I tried a search before posting with no results. Here is my problem. I have a used computer where the previous system admin removed all of the controls from the control pannel. Is there a "back door" or way I can defrag the hard drive without reinstalling the controll pannel options. I am removing my wifes personel data from her work PC because she was promoted and I will have to return the machine to her place of employment. thanx in advance.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:37 AM

Read through the Tweaking Companion, which is an excellent guide on using XP. There is a link in there somewhere which will allow you to reset the Admin password.

Otherwise, just navigate to C:\Windows\System32 and double click the dfrg.msc file to start the defrag utility.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 06:38 AM

If this is a company computer I would be very careful what you do in regards to circumventing administrative rights. What Budapest recommends does not break Administrative Rights, and may not even work depending on how the Privileges are granted, but the attempt in it's self may violate company policy. I do not know what your wife's company policies are, but care should be taken.
If she is turning in this computer I would contact the System Administrator and ask him\her if you can wipe the drive. Many times when new employees receive an old computer it is wiped so they may not have access to someone else's data. If it is that company's policy to do so it would be easier to format and\or wipe the drive.
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