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    Has anyone ever come across a utility that will delete all user files from a PC and leave the operating system files untouched? This would be used for selling or otherwise recycling the PC to a new user.

    Or is the only practical way to use something like DBAN to wipe the whole disk clean, and get the new user to reinstall the operating system (assuming the CD is available!) and the Windows product key from the holographic sticker on the side of the PC case?
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    What I do is make a NEW admin user account and then log in to it.
    From that account I delete ALL user accounts and files. This seems to clean things up real well. But I also, never use the "Administrator" or "Guest" account so there is nothing under them.

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    [quote name='BATcher' post='794925' date='25-Sep-2009 15:09']Has anyone ever come across a utility that will delete all user files from a PC and leave the operating system files untouched? This would be used for selling or otherwise recycling the PC to a new user.

    Or is the only practical way to use something like DBAN to wipe the whole disk clean, and get the new user to reinstall the operating system (assuming the CD is available!) and the Windows product key from the holographic sticker on the side of the PC case?[/quote]
    Dave's solution is simple and elegant at the same time. But you will probably want to wipe the free space on the drive when you've finished to prevent any type of recovery of data. cCleaner has a utility in the Options>Settings section that will overwrite the drive's free space to DOD or Gutman standard.
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    If I remember right, when files are deleted at the same time as the account, then they are NOT added to the recycle bin, as there will be no place to recover them to.

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    [quote name='DaveA' post='794981' date='26-Sep-2009 00:11']What I do is make a NEW admin user account and then log in to it.
    From that account I delete ALL user accounts and files. This seems to clean things up real well. But I also, never use the "Administrator" or "Guest" account so there is nothing under them.[/quote]
    That sounds like a neat idea - provided nobody has branched out from using My Documents, etc, for the specific user, and left stuff lying around in the root of C: or on C:\MyOwnDirectory, C:\DownloadedSoftware, or whatever...
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    That is true, but even a canned program may not even be able to find them.
    I have seen where personal files have been buried within the system files, because the user did NOT know what they were doing.

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