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    Configuring a new account (XP Home SP-2)

    I am selling one of my used PC's. I will be leaving the machine as is, i.e., all the installed applications will remain. After creating a new Account with the new owner's name, is it possible to copy over the existing Account's "Start Menu" folder to the new Account so that all the shortcuts, etc. will be displayed? Normally, when you install some applications the Start Menu folder/files are displayed specifically to the Account that is logged only. Did I explain this right? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

    In short, if were possible, which I believe it is not, what I want to end up with is IF one simply renamed the existing Account to the new owner's name.

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    Re: Configuring a new account (XP Home SP-2)

    The short answer is yes. If you are logged in as an administrator you can copy the start menu with Windows Explorer. Also, after you create the new account you can right click My Computer and select Properties. Then click on the advanced tab. Then the Settings button in the User Profiles section. You should be able to copy the old (your) account to the new account. Once you've assigned the new account to the proper groups you can delete the old account. Just be sure to thoroughly go through the new account Documents and Setttings to remove any of your data you do not want passed along.

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    Re: Configuring a new account (XP Home SP-2)

    In addition to what Joe advised, after cleaning all of the data you wanted removed, use a good disk cleaner to secure erase the white space so deleted data can not be recovered.

    There are many <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and low cost options available.
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    Re: Configuring a new account (XP Home SP-2)

    If things do NOT work as Joe suggested, open Ie when in your account and "Export" the "Favorites" or just copy them to a location on the drive that id NOT under the control of a user account. Then login as the new user and copy them or import them where needed.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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