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Clyde in CO
01-28-2005, 03:20
Now that my new system is gtg, I'll be donating my old one.

what's the best way to clean it up to get it ready for someone else?

I don't really want to format it, as there's a lot of useful programs on there, plus installing windows on that thing has always given me problems.

But, I want to make sure it's clean. (If it gets donated to a church, I don't want residuals of any porno sites I've visited showing, yaknow?)

I know the basics, like deleting temp files and cookies... what else, reloading windows on top? It's running 98se.


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01-28-2005, 05:53
See these threads for wiping your hard drive and With Windows 98 SE you should include CCleaner The clean up utility in Windows 98 SE does not work and Microsoft never fixed it.

Sgt. Schultz
01-28-2005, 06:09
Originally posted by Clyde in CO
I don't really want to format it, as there's a lot of useful programs on there

Are you going to transfer the licenses for these programs to the recipient? If not then they will be using illegal software and subject to legal action. It’s not just the porno sites that you need to worry about, what about your financial info, e-mail passwords, etc...? Unless you use a disk wiping program someone ... Oh I don't know ... like me ... can always retrieve this information.

01-28-2005, 06:45
If you choose to delete certain things this might come in handy

01-28-2005, 09:46
WIPE EVERYTHING. Clean it, scrub it, erase it. Any program can be reloaded. Oh, did I already say WIPE EVERYTHING?!

I have had friends in the past who have gotten old computers that had some operating systems left on them. Inevitably they had to clean them out and reload them anyways just to make them work half way decent, didn't even have anything to do with privacy.

01-28-2005, 11:33
Autoclave. (

Let the recipient worry about the OS.