Solved How do i get rid of my details on Asus laptop (POST 2)

May 25, 2014 at 19:26:59
Specs: Windows vista ultimate, 2.2 dual core/2.5gb
I am selling my laptop and not sure how to get rid of my passwords for different sites within firefox, ie what whatever else i should clean before it goes tomorrow. Any help is appreciated :0)

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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May 27, 2014 at 08:46:40
Here's a simple way. Go into the control panel under users and create a "New user" with admin privileges, not hard to do. Then log off your existing user, you should see your old account and new user account. Log into the newly created user account, go back into the control panel, users, and delete your old account (it must be logged out), it will ask if you want to delete the "old users" files, say yes. Done, patience as deleting the files could take a minute or two. The factory restore is nice, but not available for you, and this is pretty easy. Obviously save any info you need befor doing deleting the old user.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#1
May 25, 2014 at 20:09:20
The ideal thing to do would be a factory restore using a restore partition on the drive or restore disks. Short of that you can do a disk cleanup and then run something like ccleaner:

http://www.piriform.com/docs/cclean...


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#2
May 26, 2014 at 04:46:18
Oh i have never used diskcleanup. I cant do restore as i made a boo boo when installing windows and i think i deleted the partition. Long story and it was weeks ago so not going to remember any details. Didnt know at that time about the restore thing. I dont have restore disks. So theres no simple setting that i can just delete my details? Will look at that software later. Sounds familiar but i never mastered it and found it complicated. Not clear to me what to select or not to select

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#3
May 27, 2014 at 00:20:10
You can uninstall the software you've added since you got it--a factory restore would do that anyway. Delete your files in 'my documents'. Make sure 'autocomplete' is disabled or its contents deleted in internet explorer:

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/...

but ccleaner should delete those entries anyway.

Software that stores passwords and other personal information will put them in their own locations. I don't think it's a windows 7 thing so there wouldn't be a single setting to remove everything.


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#4
May 27, 2014 at 01:48:55
I cant remember the software name. I cant de a factory restore. I think i covered that. Ok delete what files in my documents? i have seen autocomplete but yes i think i disabled it after i installed windows maybe. Got firefox installed not using ie. I have downloaded ccleaner and there is one part that says it can delete 'network passwords' ...is that what i am after. I honestly dont know what a network password is. This laptop has window vista ultimate on it

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#5
May 27, 2014 at 03:14:13
What make and model is the laptop? Knowing that "may" help pholks here offer you moreviable advice; not the least achieving a factory reset....

So... what make and model laptop
do you have?


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#6
May 27, 2014 at 03:20:41
I did post make/model and specs. Asus U3S

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#7
May 27, 2014 at 06:19:31
Thank you for model info; here you say just Asus - and no model number... Not aware of, or read, your "previous" (as you seem to indicate there was a previous) post...

Have you tried the recovery routine approach (F9) as per:

http://support.asus.com/Troubleshoo...

If this approach doesn't work (it's the first part of the discussion) - then likely you will need to secure/obtain a dvd recovery set. Asus "may" provide one and there are sites various "out there" who will sell you one for anything from £15.00 upwards (or your local currency equivalent):

This is one of several...

http://rscds.com/dl/asus-u3s-recove...

You can find many more (similar sources) using the string/search words (or similar):

asus u3s recovery disk Vista

via a google (or eBay) trawl...

But then likely you have gone this path already...?

Failing the above... best option is do a full reformat the drive and sell it with no OS installed. Even better run something like Killdisk first and then full reformat and sell with no OS. That way the all your personal data will have gone...; unless you get a real true blue hacker who knows how to recover stuff even after that process...

Only truly safe way to secure your personal data is to actually keep the drive; and use it as an external drive for your other systems. A replacement drive for the Asus wouldn't be very much; and a Vista install disk likewise (OEM version)? Or you can again remove the drive, smash it into bits and crush etc.. Then hire a helicopter and fly out over the sea and drop the bits into it... After-which put a new drive into the Asus etc. as just above.

Even if you sell it with a working OS the new owner by rights ought to be aware that it is likely still registered to you - both laptop and software; unless you advise the correct "authorities" that it has now changed owners... Otherwise Asus etc. may not be wiling at any future time to assist new owner with one or two issues (bios passwords not the least via Asus)?


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#8
May 27, 2014 at 07:43:22
Thats been mentioned several times above and i did say the model...that is the model number.
No i am in australia not england. It costs a lot more than that to get the discs...anyway can we please move on from that...its been brought up several times.
Not willing to go through formatting etc again. It took forever to install windows etc and installing drivers. Windows is way too painful to set up and i am done with that. I am a linux person.
I am not worried about anything super safe. Just selling the machine and thats it.
Yes i am aware about breaking a drive etc.
Yes aware of the other issues too. Just want to do the basics thanks

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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May 27, 2014 at 08:46:40
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Here's a simple way. Go into the control panel under users and create a "New user" with admin privileges, not hard to do. Then log off your existing user, you should see your old account and new user account. Log into the newly created user account, go back into the control panel, users, and delete your old account (it must be logged out), it will ask if you want to delete the "old users" files, say yes. Done, patience as deleting the files could take a minute or two. The factory restore is nice, but not available for you, and this is pretty easy. Obviously save any info you need befor doing deleting the old user.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#10
May 28, 2014 at 07:45:10
Hi thanks that did the job perfectly :0)

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#11
May 29, 2014 at 15:53:35
Tip for the future:

The only place I can see you mentioned U3S is at your #6. If it was on some other post the best bet is to include it again on any new post.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#12
May 29, 2014 at 19:16:24
Nope i put it in the original post. There is a section when you do the thing where you have to put in the model, how much ram, cpu etc and keywords or something. i do it every time

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#13
May 30, 2014 at 10:35:08
Weird it isn't showing in your specs then - can't find it anywhere on here. Even tried clicking your name. Must be a website glitch but helpers can only see what you can see on the post itself.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#14
May 30, 2014 at 12:03:38
I interpret the "original post" as being one made much earlier - another post dealing with issues related to this Asus at an earlier date. This current post incidentally is tagged here as (POST 2); so presumably "somewhere" there is POST 1 - although no linkage to it in this post...

And as already pointed out - no mention here of the actual model number until #6 - in response to a request for that info...

Still - poster got a solution that keeps him happy... Mind you anyone knowing a little about the OS could easily recover the info (account details etc.) now deleted...


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#15
May 31, 2014 at 00:35:32
Yeah will try and put the model info in the original post next time not just in the fields that have to be filed with that info. I think i have heard of this going wrong before. Yes there were two posts to do with the same machine but separate matters.
Yes and i have sold the laptop. Not for much but its money in the pocket!

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#16
May 31, 2014 at 07:33:15
OK, thanks for popping back with the feedback.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#17
May 31, 2014 at 07:47:56
Useful to be aware that if there were System Restore points still on the OS when you sold it - and they predate the deleting of "your" accounts various... - likely they could be used (via System Restore of course), and your deleted accounts various would be back... Which is why it would be wise(r) I suggest to remove/delete all restore points prior to passing any windows system onto whomever...?

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#18
May 31, 2014 at 17:21:39
Yeah i don't think i had that much on that laptop. It was just basic stuff

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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