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Old 21-03-2013, 19:18
dmuk
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I've been given an old laptop from a friend that he got from work ages ago, it has a username and password set up, can I get rid of this by formatting and reinstalling an OS?
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Old 21-03-2013, 20:00
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Assuming it's the Windows username and password, yes you can - as long as you know what you're doing. But first look for an option to restore to Factory Settings, it'll be the easiest method.
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Old 21-03-2013, 20:19
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I've been given an old laptop from a friend that he got from work ages ago, it has a username and password set up, can I get rid of this by formatting and reinstalling an OS?
You could just create a new user account if you know the password of the old one.

A factory restore would be better. What make/model is it?
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Old 21-03-2013, 21:19
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Best bet is to dban the drive so theres nothing left of the old drive and the reinstall the OS over the top
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Old 22-03-2013, 08:28
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Unless you want to specifically remove sensitive data from being recovered, a simple format will do what you need. Just get the operating system disc, boot from it and install it.
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