I'm reformatting the hard drive of my parent's Windows 7 PC to give to somebody. That's all well and good--software is reinstalled, drivers are updated, Windows Update looks happy. When I started the machine for the first time after Windows 7 installation was complete, it did it's standard thing where it asked what the user name was, what the PC name was, basic settings, etc. Is there any way to redo that setup for the new owner when they turn it on for the first time? [more inside]
posted by jroybal
on Jan 10, 2013 -
My Vista laptop isn't successfully restoring itself to factory condition. [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Dec 30, 2011 -
Is there software or some automated method to audit the entire startup process of a Windows XP computer to find why startup is slow? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on May 15, 2009 -
I'm checking over the health of a friend's Dell laptop. In System Information -> Software Environment -> Startup Programs, she has thousands of entries, consisting of all the files in the system32 folder. These entries are duplicated under the user names .DEFAULT and NTAUTHORITY\SYSTEM, and are in location "Startup". Is this a problem, why are the entries there, should I delete them, and how?
posted by Arcaz Ino
on Nov 12, 2006 -
I have a desktop that is located in a semi-public place. I have a bios password and a windows password on it. Sometimes I leave it logged out of windows so that I can leave in the middle of a project without restarting everything again. I was wondering how hard it would be to get my data? Short of stealing the actual hardware, is there a way to get past a bios password and access my data without me knowing? (From what I understand, resetting the cmos would clear the password so I would know if someone got in.) Also, is it possible to get in if I leave it logged out of windows with a password? How safe is my data?
posted by D Wiz
on Jun 5, 2006 -
How can I know when an XP pro system has been switched on (as in: at what time did it start up *today*)?
posted by magullo
on Mar 7, 2005 -