My last company liquidated and I’ve inherited my old work laptop. It’s a good machine running Windows 7 Prof but I’m having problems as I can’t load drivers for my camera, iPhone, etc. at home. I strongly suspect that this is something to do with the pc once being part of a server group (there is still showing a group of network locations I (obviously) can’t access) and this is stopping normal ‘stand alone’ functions. I’m strictly an end user so can anyone let me know if I can remove the network references to allow me to use the machine as normal?
"I’ve inherited my old work laptop......but I’m having problems as I can’t load drivers for my camera, iPhone, etc."
The first thing you need to do is to ensure your user account has admin privileges so try this:
Click the Start button and choose "Control Panel". Top-right of the Control Panel window, ensure the "View By:" option is set to "Large Icons" then click the "User Accounts" icon. Next, make sure your account is selected, click the "Change your Account Type" link and make sure it's set to "Administrator".
Unfortunately for you, as hinted at by Woodchip, most corporate laptops are heavily locked down to prevent end users from installing new programs and drivers, and from making other system changes so my advice above may not work.
Before you can do a clean install you need to check if they have put a password on the bios because if they have you will not be able to set to boot first from optical drive (DVD) so won't be able to boot from the windows disc.
Thanks all - very usefull. It turns out that although I have admin rights my old company protected things and put on a password. I've tracked down our old IT administrator so should be on the right track to get things fixed. Many thanks for putting me on the right track.
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