Purchased used laptop, need to remove old username

December 21, 2011 at 12:39:39
Specs: Windows 7

I want to remove the previous owners name on a used Dell Inspiron Windows 7 Home Premium.. I can't seem to do the "regedit" on my own. I'm not even sure what kind of laptop my husband got for me?? Please help...!!!

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#1
December 21, 2011 at 18:39:50

The name of your laptop will appear on the front and the relevant details regarding it's model number and other relevant details will appear on the back. You will need to provide that information for help.

Also is your question in regard to the user name, log on password, or the BIOS password? It should be mentioned (with all due respect to you) that password help is rarely available on this forum due to the difficulty of proving ownership. You may have to contact the manufacturer and be prepared to provide proof of ownership.

Did you receive any install discs with the laptop?

All this information is pretty critical for help.


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#2
December 21, 2011 at 19:48:40

Dell offers a way to return the system to the OEM state. I'd make the disks now before it is too last. Then I'd get the owners manual for the exact way to return it to OEM state.

Don't use what they have. It might be full of viruses.

If you insist you may be able to change name but we have to know exactly where you mean it or where it says that name.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#3
December 21, 2011 at 19:57:09

my brother's nickname (username) is on the registry.. I wish to upload information without seeing this lame ex's name on the information or whatever you call it when theirs that c:// thing I think..

Details: DELL Inspiron 1440
MODEL NO: PP42L


Also, their are areas I'm not able to look through.. It says I have no permission to do so because I am not an administrator!?! Sorry I'm clueless.


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#4
December 22, 2011 at 07:54:28

Changing the name is actually a pretty involved process. The best thing to do would be to completely wipe the hard drive & do a fresh install of Win7. Not only would it correct the name issue, but it would eliminate any garbage software, temp files, etc that's installed & give you a MUCH better performing system. Do you have the disks?

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#5
December 22, 2011 at 10:48:49

No I do not.. but am I able to purchase one off the web or in-store..?

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#6
December 22, 2011 at 11:24:50

To remove a user account. Create a new admin user, ie you, log into it.

Control Panel, User Accounts, Add remove user accounts.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#7
December 22, 2011 at 15:33:46

Dell offers many ways to return the unit to the as bought or OEM state.

They tend to allow one or more of the following ways.

Create disks.
Use a hidden or secondary partition
Buy new disks from Dell and very reasonable prices.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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