clearing computer

  0000jb0000 18:52 31 Jul 2004

I want to pass my old computer on to a family member, so how do I clear it of all my delicate details. It's running on windows 98 I dont have the cd rom for win98 so I cant format c, because I think that gets rid of everything including the os, am I right?

  woodchip 19:01 31 Jul 2004

Yes. So you can only go through Add Remove in Control Panel. then any programs that will not go, or you want to make sure most of the dros as gone follow bellow and put the name you want to remove where the XXXXXX is SO PRINT THIS OFF AND FOLLOW IT.

To remove follow these step's closely, go to start\find\files or folders type in the box XXXXXX click enter key delete all the entry's it finds with XXXXXX in it. Next go to start run type regedit and press enter, go to menu under edit click find in the box type XXXXXX and press enter it will bring up only one entry at a time, press delete key then click ok to confirm to go to next entry press F3 and delete do this until you get to the end of the registry. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE IN THE REGISTRY other than XXXXXX then reboot your computer

  Pesala 19:02 31 Jul 2004

Eraser (2,746K) click here Prevents recovery of deleted files.

  bremner 19:19 31 Jul 2004

You understand there is delete - as described by woodchip - which does not actually remove the data.

...and delete beyond recovery which can only be acheived using a preparatory program, such as the one described by Pesala.

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