I recently got a PC from a company with which went out of business, and i was wondering what the best way to clearing the system of all the rubbish that is on it, and turning it into a Home PC It's Windows XP Professional, and it was once part of a network?
Yes, if the installation is OEM, whoever supplied you with the machine has broken the terms of the licence agreement. The installtion of Windows has been transferred illegally. Go back and demand the discs.
If the installation is retail the same applies. But there was no obligation to pass on the discs if the machine was wiped clean. Clearly this has not been done.
Irrelevant. Without the OEM discs there is no licence. If they are not available for whatever reason the machine should have been wiped before it was passed on. Whoever passed it on, whether someone from the former company or a liquidator, has broken the terms of Microsoft's licence as I said earlier.
If blocker11 feels that he has been short changed by this he can contact Microsoft at click here and report the vendor.