XP Home Owner change?

  igk 16:13 03 Feb 04

Hi All, I have just purchased a 2nd hand pc with winxp home, short of restoring to factory is there a way of changing the previous owners details (owners name in my computer properties and owners folder and associated system folders relating to owner)This is a genuine enquiry pc purchased at auction (bailiffs sale)thanks.

  ventanas 16:28 03 Feb 04

I would still be inclined to wipe it clean and start again with a fresh installation. You don't know what might be lurking on the machine.

  Chris the Ancient 18:43 03 Feb 04

Only just got in and just caught the thread - I hope I'm not too late.

It may be able to be done.

There is a tweak here that will change ownership, just down the page on the right.

I have NOT tried it, so can't vouch for it!

click here



  JerryJay 18:51 03 Feb 04

Maybe you do not need to do tweak, Go to Control Panel, Cilck System, from there, you can find an item something like machine etc, just click a few thing to figure out. Sorry I cannot be more specific because I left my WinXp Home machine at home and I am typing this on a Win2K machine, but I change owner details on two WinXP home machines before and I am sure it can be down without any tweak software. If I were you, I would do a clean instal to get ride anything left by previous owner. Actually, it is not easy to get ride of all traces of previous owner/user unless you do a complete clean reinstall.

  Chris the Ancient 19:00 03 Feb 04

JerryJay's last suggestion is, of course the very best!

Did you get the legit XP disc when you got the pc?

If you have all the disks a fresh install = no surprises

  igk 21:35 03 Feb 04

Thanks to all who posted,esp Chris the tweak worked fine and changed the prev owner and org (when doing a prop on my computer)and thanks to JerryJay your solution changed the prev owners computer name,what I then did was to create another admin account and then delete the old one and all its associated bits! Once again thanks for all your help.

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