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(Solved) - Remove all traces of original owner

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  • Started 1 year ago by warlock
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warlock
warlock
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Not an emergency, don't have the computer yet. It is an HP dv 6000 laptop running Windows Vista. Have no disks, only complaint is when downloading pictures from the internet shows computer owners name now/old computers name in documents. Anal retentive and the new owner doesn't want that. Wouldn't bother me personally. Nothing on the computer needs to be saved except the operating system. They said they are shown as the computer owner but, old owner still shows up in documents. What should I do?

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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Control Panel --- System ----scroll down to Computer/domain name and select Change Settings ---- Change.

Posted 1 year ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Ideally, clean re-install.

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ronniesonora
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warlock, might try here http://tips4pc.com/computer_ti.....regist.htm

Posted 1 year ago
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warlock
warlock
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@GS, that was done new name shows. It is in registry somewhere.

@LH, thats what I think too. But, no disks so rather than go through the ISO. etc. any registry edit I can make you are the resident registry guru.

Edit: @ronnie will look into that, you posted while I was posting.

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

LH is right. In that case, a reinstall (e.g. from the recovery partition) is the way to go. You can also download a Vista .iso from here and activate it with the key on the COA sticker.

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warlock
warlock
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Okay thanks for the expert help. When I get the machine probably after work tomorrow, will see exactly what I have to work with. Will update when I can.

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Hermitt
Hermitt
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You can use this guide to create the "Vista Universal Install disc". ;)

Jim

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warlock
warlock
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Had a chance to look at the computer today. Was very little installed on it as far a files, no programs that were installed that did not come with it originally. After talking with the owner she decided that she didn't care if anything she had put on it was saved, just wanted previous owners name gone from everything. Rather than search through the registry followed advise here and did a reinstall from the Recovery Manager. All went well, new registered owner and a happy friend.

Thanks,
Joe

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Tis always the best way :)

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warlock
warlock
Posts: 4100

You are right, just was skepticle using install from Recovery Manager.

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