Need to clean off an XP Pro Laptop



SFestaFL
07-10-2005, 12:42 AM
I have a Windows XP Pro Laptop that is on the domain. I need to remove it
from the domain, but I want to remove everything personal off of it and my
boss wants to give it to her daughter. Is there a way for me to do a clean
sweep and remove all previous users profiles and email accounts, etc?

Frank Saunders, MS-MVP, IE/OE
07-10-2005, 12:42 AM
Use the restore disk that came with the laptop.

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"SFestaFL" <SFestaFL@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:0A72BCBC-2011-4253-B3E4-53640DE042BE@microsoft.com...
>I have a Windows XP Pro Laptop that is on the domain. I need to remove it
> from the domain, but I want to remove everything personal off of it and my
> boss wants to give it to her daughter. Is there a way for me to do a
> clean
> sweep and remove all previous users profiles and email accounts, etc?

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 12:42 AM
Boot from the XP installation CD and run setup from there. As part of setup, you'll be able to format the drive.

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"SFestaFL" <SFestaFL@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:0A72BCBC-2011-4253-B3E4-53640DE042BE@microsoft.com...
>I have a Windows XP Pro Laptop that is on the domain. I need to remove it
> from the domain, but I want to remove everything personal off of it and my
> boss wants to give it to her daughter. Is there a way for me to do a clean
> sweep and remove all previous users profiles and email accounts, etc?

SFestaFL
07-10-2005, 12:42 AM
I dont want to reformat the drive and lose all the programs, I just want to
get rid of the personal information on it. I have cleared out My Doc's, but
I want to create a new user profile and remove all remnants of the other one.

"Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:

> Boot from the XP installation CD and run setup from there. As part of setup, you'll be able to format the drive.
>
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> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
> http://www.dougknox.com
> --------------------------------
> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
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> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
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> "SFestaFL" <SFestaFL@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:0A72BCBC-2011-4253-B3E4-53640DE042BE@microsoft.com...
> >I have a Windows XP Pro Laptop that is on the domain. I need to remove it
> > from the domain, but I want to remove everything personal off of it and my
> > boss wants to give it to her daughter. Is there a way for me to do a clean
> > sweep and remove all previous users profiles and email accounts, etc?
>

[-=Dan=-]
07-10-2005, 12:42 AM
"SFestaFL" <SFestaFL@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AC5BCA74-6DBD-4CC1-ABC3-6289F9615660@microsoft.com...
>I dont want to reformat the drive and lose all the programs, I just want to
> get rid of the personal information on it. I have cleared out My Doc's,
> but
> I want to create a new user profile and remove all remnants of the other
> one.
>

Login as the local Administrator, then delete all the user folders from
under 'Documents and Settings' that you don't need...

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:42 AM
SFestaFL wrote:

> I dont want to reformat the drive and lose all the programs, I just want to
> get rid of the personal information on it. I have cleared out My Doc's, but
> I want to create a new user profile and remove all remnants of the other one.
>

Create a new user profile and delete all the other ones.
HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=279783

Use a program like ccleaner to remove other traces. Google for it.
There are others too.

Best thing, though, is to format and reinstall the OS and then any
programs.


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Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 12:43 AM
SFestaFL wrote:
> I have a Windows XP Pro Laptop that is on the domain. I need to remove it
> from the domain, but I want to remove everything personal off of it and my
> boss wants to give it to her daughter. Is there a way for me to do a clean
> sweep and remove all previous users profiles and email accounts, etc?


To protect your personal information and data from any future users
of average skills, you should, at the very least, format the hard drive
and reinstall only the OS and those applications whose licenses are to
be included in the transfer. If you wish to do a more thorough job of
protecting your personal data, WipeDrive 2.2.1
(http://www.accessdata.com/Product07_Overview.htm?ProductNum=07) meets
U.S. DoD standards for securely cleaning surplus unclassified hard
drives, and could be used before formatting and reinstalling the OS and
applications.


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Need to clean off an XP Pro Laptop