Solved: how to take complete control of a second-hand laptop

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Hi everyone, I just paid $80 for a renovated Lenovo Thinkpad laptop. Works okay I am told I cannot remove the Win 7 Pro x64 operating system or change anything else. How do I take complete control of this computer without wiping it. I used my Win 7 Pro x64 installation disc and upgraded it but not full control. I have formatted one of these before but could not install Win 7 and the laptop would not start up so the garbage bin got it. I bought a $150 desktop from the same charity group and formatted and reinstalled and now it is so GOOD AND FAST. What can I do to get rid of the charity group's Trusted Installer and the SYSTEM
ADMINISTRATOR so I have full control. Would they have changed BIOS settings do you think. I can't do anything to change that without your help. Do you think I could format it or wipe it and reinstall Win 7 so I am known as the owner etc. THanks for reading this and I hope you have the answers for it.. If anyone living in South West Australia is happy with the thought of the prices for the computers just go to Unit 2/ 3, Rafferty Road, Mandurah and look for a roadside sign for the Mandurah Muscateers. Only open 2 days a week Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hope to hear from lots of you, Thanks, Scottspa
 

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This would be a licensing issue
does the laptop have a CoA label on the bottom of it - with a windows version and a key ?

its possible the license belongs to the charity
I used my Win 7 Pro x64 installation disc and upgraded it
to what ?
again you may only use that with one PC depends on the license on the disk you have ?
 

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get an install disk and reformat it. That way all previous owner settings are gone.
 

scottspa

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Yes it has the labels underneath. I upgraded it to Windows 7 Pro x64. Do you think I could wipe it and start again
 

scottspa

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I inserted a Spotmau boot disc and completely wiped the C drive ( that took some time) then I used the Win 7 installation disc and formatted and a full installation. All looks and seems good. One more problem when I press and hold the shift key and scroll over files they do not highlight and I can't move them as one bundle. This is on the laptop again. What setting have I ruined. Scottspa
 

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I used a spotmau Repair disc and completely wiped the c drive then I put the Win 7 Pro Installation disc in and formatted again. This time it worked I OWN it. Just formatting left their control settings but not if I wipe it first. It took 17 hors to wipe it then 2 hours to format and reinstall. Thanks for your help and support
 

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I wiped the C drive with a SPOTMAU Boot Suite Cd (17 Hours) then using the Win 7 P{ro installation disc I formatted and reinstalled Windows. Thanks for your help and support, Scottspa
 
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