cleaning old computer

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hoosiergal50

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I am buying a new computer and want to give my computer to a family member.
How can I clean everything off of the old computer? If I go in and delete everything and then empty the trash can, will that do it?
Also, I deleted all the games that came with the computer, is there a way to get those back? Thanks
 

bassetman

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Do a search for BCwipe and use it to delete whatever you want really gone.
Many files can be reconstructed if someone knows what they are doing.
 

Styxx

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Well it would be helpful to know what operating system you're using and what you mean by 'everything'.

How can I clean everything off of the old computer?
And when you ask:

If I go in and delete everything and then empty the trash can, will that do it?
What do you mean by 'delete'? And once again, what is 'everything'?

If you're giving it away you'd surely want to make sure it's virus free. Go to http://housecall.trendmicro.com with you're target computer and do an on-line scan.

Empty the contents of the C:\Windows\Cookies; Temp; and Temporary Internet Files folders.

Empty the Internet Explorer (IE) Cache by opening IE; clicking Tools; Internet Options; Click the Delete Cookies and Delete Files buttons each in turn. Click Apply; Click Ok.

In the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel uninstall any program there that you think may not be needed.

Emptying the Recycle Bin will of course mpty anything you've sent there. Items uninstalled in Add/Remove Programs do not go in Recycle Bin. They're just gone.
 
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