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Selling Old Computer - Deleting all Personal Info

Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for this service. I would be in trouble without you! I'm selling this old pile of bolts and I want to make sure all personal information isn't available to the new owners. I know I can purchase products to wipe-the-hard-drive-clean, but is there a way to do that without spending money? Thank ya! Melanie

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Melanie, here is the free version of Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. It will erase your hard drive so no one can get any sensitive info off of it.
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22920-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html

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Gateway desktop critical error code


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Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer.
Use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time click start all programs accessories system tools you should see your system restore option if it is a hardware issue the system restore might not work Manual restore points that you specify with the System.
Configuration utility Installation restore points that occur before you install a program or a service you can use the system checkpoints or the installation restore points to restore your computer's settings to a date when it operated correctly. This may also help determine the cause of the configuration error.

To perform a system restore, follow these steps:

1.Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.
2.On the General tab, click Launch System Restore.
3.Select Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.
4.Calendar dates in bold are possible restore points. Click the most recent one to view system restore information.
5.Select a system checkpoint or an installation restore point, and then click Next.
6.Close all other programs.
7.To start the system restore, click Next.
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Restoring your Windows 7 Gateway computer to its original factory settings is a great way to get rid of pesky viruses you can't seem to remove from your computer, or simply to remove old programs and files from your computer and start with a clean slate.
Your Windows 7 Gateway computer will likely run faster as a result of deleting old and unnecessary files.
It's also a good idea to restore your Windows 7 Gateway computer to its original factory settings if you plan on selling it, or passing it along to a family member or friend.
Recover From Windows 7 Home Screen
Click the "Start" icon in the lower-left corner of your Windows 7 home screen.
Click "All Programs" in the Start menu, then click "Gateway".
Click "Gateway Recovery Management" to open the Gateway Recovery Management program.
Click the "Restore" header, then click "Restore System To Factory Default".
Click "Yes" in the "Confirm Restoration" dialog box, then click "Yes".
Click "OK" in the dialog box warning you that all of the personal data on your computer will be deleted. Your computer will automatically restart.
When your computer restarts the restoration process will begin. The process could take anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes.
Click "OK" when a dialog appears telling you that the computer has been restored to its original factory settings and that you need to reboot your Gateway Windows 7 computer.
Your computer will reboot.
After the computer restarts you will need to configure Windows 7 with your personal preferences.
Recover at Startup
Turn on or restart your computer and hold down "Alt" while clicking "F10" during startup until you are redirected to the Gateway Recovery Management program.
Click "Restore System From Factory Default".
Click "Next" to begin the restoration process.
The process could take anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes.

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Hi i need to restore my Phillips iqor computer to factory settings as i am getting rid if it and don't want to leave my personal information on it


You don't have to go thru all that trouble to get rid of your personal information. First just create a new user account with administrative rights that the person who is getting your computer will use. After you create the new user account reboot the computer and log on with the new account you created. Then Delete your old user account. It will delete all your documents, music, pictures, videos.

Click Start/Control Panel/User Accounts then create the new user account with Administrative Rights (not limited).

Reboot and and log on with the user account you just created.

Click Start/Control Panel/User Account and select the account you want to delete and Delete it. When asked about files to save, you want to delete everything associated with the account you are deleting.

If you have more than one user account you want to delete, do the same thing for it.

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Trying to restore computer now message pops up saying ntldr is missing what can i do if restore disks wont work


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You will need to reinstall the ntldr command in order for your install to continue. If you have the physical restore disk, you will need to perform a clean install. When you try to reinstall the restore function without deleting old files, they may be to problem and need to be deleted.

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How can i completely delete everything on my computer that i have put on it?


There are many disk wiper applications available. Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is free and effective, and the one I use when doing data destruction for a client machine. Use DBAN to completely clean the hard drive, reinstall Windows or your factory software image, and you'll have a computer with no trace of anything you've had on it.

Of course, hard drives are inexpensive now. If you're worried about deleting data on a computer you are selling or giving to someone else, I would suggest removing the hard drive completely. Let the new owner buy a drive and start with a fresh Windows install or factory restore. Then you can keep your drive as a spare or a backup, or physically destroy it if you want to dispose of it.

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Erase information from computer


If You are familiar with the windows installation, you can reinstall windows. During installation, the system asks You about partition where You want to install windows. So: 1. Select option Delete partition, and answer the question of the system "yes". This option erase All your existing information. 2. Create the partition on the same disc. 3. Install the windows on the same partition. That's all.
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