First, do you have any data to save?
Easiest method is to copy them off to a flash drive, then to your other computer.
Before you proceed with deleting / cleaning your old computer, MAKE SURE you have got all data you want off.
There are basically 3 methods or levels to old computer clean up.
- Simple file delete
- New User Profile
- Complete computer reload
2. New User Profile
This is the main reason for this blog. You want a good computer clean out, all personal info gone, password and such, but you want to 'do it yourself'.
Step by step:
- Create New Profile
- Control Panel
- Create New (give it whatever name you want)
- You have to do this while logged into your old profile still.
- Select Administrator
- Log off your current user (this will be the last time you ever see or use it)
- Now login to the new profile you made
- After logging into the new profile, Control Panel
- Manage another account, select user (select the account you want to delete
- 'Delete the Account'
- You will be prompted to 'Delete' or 'Keep' files. This is the key area and the special option that allows us to safely and simple delete all our 'stuff'. So choose 'Delete Files'
- That's is. Restart the computer. You should only see the new profile. All your old stuff should be gone.
If you want to confirm its gone, open 'My Computer' and make sure the user profile is gone.
-Documents and Settings
Windows Vista or 7:
This is a common service we perform at the local Madera Computer Service Center. We scrub off the entire computer hard drive. Then reinstall the computer to factory settings. It is now 'like new'. (Yes some people can do this on their own, but for best results it is recommend that a Computer Professional perform)
At the Service Center there is a flat $75 for this service. Mention this blog post and well take $10 off.
Legal Note: I make no guarantees or warranties to the suggestions given. Anything written herein is for informative purposes. Any actions taken are done so at your own risk.