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Installing Win XP Pro to Delete Administrative Restrictions


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Hi:

 

I took possession of a Dell desktop running Win XP Pro. There are numerous restrictions on the computer, including audio, use of USB and DVD drive (Administrator was concerned about employees copying proprietary information); inability to edit the Registry, and so forth. I have no need for any of the files on the computer. Will a clean install of Win XP Pro after wiping the hard drive eliminate these restrictions, or do the restrictions remain in place until removed with administrative rights?

 

Thank you.

 

Adam


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If you make sure the HDD is properly wiped (full erase) then anything that was put within the old XP will be erase and installing a fresh new copy of XP will leave you with an XP without the old administrive rights unless you want to put new ones. 


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If you make sure the HDD is properly wiped (full erase) then anything that was put within the old XP will be erase and installing a fresh new copy of XP will leave you with an XP without the old administrive rights unless you want to put new ones. 

Thank you very much. I appreciate your time.  I burned an ISO image of DBAN and am going to install a fresh copy of XP after wiping the drive.

 

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Thank you very much. I appreciate your time.  I burned an ISO image of DBAN and am going to install a fresh copy of XP after wiping the drive.

 

It's not necessary to use a program like DBAN to clean the HDD and remove the system! Simply boot from the XP CD and during install select the option to delete the partitions on the disk then let windows create a new  partition and install.

 

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Thank you very much. I appreciate your time.  I burned an ISO image of DBAN and am going to install a fresh copy of XP after wiping the drive.

 

It's not necessary to use a program like DBAN to clean the HDD and remove the system! Simply boot from the XP CD and during install select the option to delete the partitions on the disk then let windows create a new  partition and install.

 

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Hi:

 

Saw your post too late...already spent 8+ hours using DBAN. Spent another 12 hours restoring drivers and installing programs and <then> discovered that the Admin password in the BIOS Setup remained LOCKED. I was being asked to enter the Admin password in the Unlock Setup field. After a complete wipe and installation on a new partition, a new XP Pro installation remained with the Administrative restrictions. The immediate issue was that integrated audio was OFF and I could not change the settings in BIOS for the above reason. I downloaded the motherboard manual and reset  the Password (jumpers) and CMOS (jumpers) next to the battery. Corrected the Time and Date, rebooted, and all is good.

 

Wanted to pass on this information that the previous Administrator's BIOS lock remained AFTER a clean OS install.

 

Adam


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