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How can you delete personal files and programs on an old CPU so you can get rid of it?

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Answered 2006-08-03 01:48:31

The easiest way would be to format the drive. If you want to leave the operating system intact but remove all personal data, then go in and uninstall all the programs you had installed through Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. Once you've uninstalled everything, you can then track down your personal files and delete them. Check in places such as "My Documents" and "Documents and Settings", or anywhere else you may recall saving files. Do not just go in and delete everything but the Windows folder, as many files vital to the system, such as sound and video drivers, may be contained in folders other than c:\Windows

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