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Windows 7 administrator

Postby chiefjim on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:39 am

I've been given a laptop that came with Windows 7 and that I made dual boot with Mint 14. (Owner likes iPads better)

I don't need another laptop and intend to gift it to a family member. Before doing so need to remove the original owner as the Win 7 administrator. I have her original account names and passwords so no hacking is neccessary. Just want to remove them as others have no need to know her credentials.

Since many of you are skilled in multiple systems might someone point me to a simple solution?

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Re: Windows 7 administrator

Postby kwisher on Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:19 am

I would just create a new "dummy" account and make sure it is also an administrator with no password. Reboot and log into the new "dummy" account and from the same place you created the new account you can delete the original owner's account, making sure to remove all files. When you give the PC to the next owner they would need to do the same only login with the "dummy" account and create their new account making sure to make themselves an administrator. They can then remove the "dummy" account.
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Re: Windows 7 administrator

Postby Pierre on Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:18 am

I would just create a new "dummy" account and make sure it is also an administrator with no password


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Re: Windows 7 administrator

Postby catweazel on Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:34 am

kwisher wrote:make sure it is also an administrator with no password.

Bad idea on Windwoes, that. For starters, it'll mess up networking.
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Re: Windows 7 administrator

Postby chiefjim on Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:03 am

OK Guess it just comes down to creating a new account with administrator privileges then deleting the original. My concern was maybe somehow that would mess up being able to do updates. Looks like something I didn't need to worry about.
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Re: Windows 7 administrator

Postby kwisher on Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:05 pm

catweazel wrote:
kwisher wrote:make sure it is also an administrator with no password.

Bad idea on Windwoes, that. For starters, it'll mess up networking.

This was just for the "dummy" account so that you can delete the other user account.
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