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    Question re: preparing laptop to give to charity.

    I have removed all data from "documents, music, pictures, videos" as well as having uninstalled all of the programs I had put on it. I changed the name in the registry from my name to "Owner", which is what shows on the screen now when it finishes booting. However, in the navigation pane in Windows Explorer, under Users it still shows my name.

    The only accounts in the system are "Owner" as administrator, and "Guest". I know zilch about user accounts, as I am the only person to have used this laptop, and have never needed (IMO) any other accounts.

    Can someone please tell me how to change this so that "Owner" shows up under Users?

    Many thanks.
    Lorraine in Westbank, BC

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    Why not just factory reset it as it's an OEM machine ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleRain63 View Post
    ...Can someone please tell me how to change this so that "Owner" shows up under Users?...
    "Control Panel\User Accounts\Manage another account\Create a new account" (e.g.: "User").

    Once you have created the new account log out of your old account then log into the new account then go back into "Control Panel\User Accounts\Manage another account" and delete the old account. You can choose whether-or-not to delete the files in the old account.
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    To Coochin's good advice I'd add to run a program like Eraser or CCLeaner and wipe the unused space on the disk. HTH
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    1+ to the factory reset, defrag, then use CCleaner to wipe the freespace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    To Coochin's good advice I'd add to run a program like Eraser or CCLeaner and wipe the unused space on the disk. HTH
    Thanks RG and Coochin. Just found out my daughter wants the laptop, and I'm sure by the time she's finished with it, there won't be any space that has not been rewritten, so I don't really think there's a need to scrub it. I'm sure it will be toast by the time she's through with it.

    I do appreciate all the answers received - thanks guys/gals.
    Lorraine in Westbank, BC

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