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Windows 7: Delete all user accounts

08 Oct 2010   #1
hfinlay10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Delete all user accounts

Hi,

I am selling my computer and so want to delete all existing user accounts.

Under Computer Management> Local Users and Groups> Users, if I delete all user accounts so that only Built-In Admin and Built-In Guest are left, what will happen when the computer is restarted if the both built-in Admin and Guests accounts are disabled? Will the new user just be asked to create a new user account (this is what I would like to happen).
Thanks.


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08 Oct 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Welcome to the forum,

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Under Computer Management> Local Users and Groups> Users, if I delete all user accounts so that only Built-In Admin and Built-In Guest are left, what will happen when the computer is restarted if the both built-in Admin and Guests accounts are disabled?
The computer will still have a name and a certain amount of data with it.

If you don't have a disc to re-install a fresh system, do you have a recovery partition?
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08 Oct 2010   #3
hfinlay10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No recovery partition.

As this is a fresh install, I'm not concerned about what may or may not be left behind.

I would just like the new user to have to create a new account the first time they turn it on.

Thanks.
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08 Oct 2010   #4
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

@hfinlay10 You can do this if you make the machine like a system builder does. I would just activate the Administrator account and let them create whatever accounts they need.
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08 Oct 2010   #5
ryo

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hfinlay10 View Post
No recovery partition.

As this is a fresh install, I'm not concerned about what may or may not be left behind.

I would just like the new user to have to create a new account the first time they turn it on.

Thanks.
the first time startup, that's can't. because when you're already installed a OS on it. it's mean the OS have a admin account. so step you have to do is, just delete all the user(you've created) and leave the admin, if they want to make the new account,so just create it.

but if you want to at first startup can be make account,it's mean like you've new HDD and not have OS on it. and you can create it when you install the OS.
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08 Oct 2010   #6
hfinlay10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
@hfinlay10 You can do this if you make the machine like a system builder does. I would just activate the Administrator account and let them create whatever accounts they need.
Thanks, WindowsStar. I would rather not leave the built-in Admin account enabled as it is likely that someone will leave it active and even possibly use that as their user account, leaving themselves very vulnerable if something gets corrupted.
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08 Oct 2010   #7
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hfinlay10 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
@hfinlay10 You can do this if you make the machine like a system builder does. I would just activate the Administrator account and let them create whatever accounts they need.
Thanks, WindowsStar. I would rather not leave the built-in Admin account enabled as it is likely that someone will leave it active and even possibly use that as their user account, leaving themselves very vulnerable if something gets corrupted.
Understood. Then create an account like. HomeUser, User, Customer, MyPC or PC-User, etc. and make it a standard user. -WS
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18 Sep 2013   #8
kris2340k

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

can you not just reinstall windows, and turn off when it asks you to create a user? so that way it goes back to the same point when they get it
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18 Sep 2013   #9
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hfinlay10 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
@hfinlay10 You can do this if you make the machine like a system builder does. I would just activate the Administrator account and let them create whatever accounts they need.
Thanks, WindowsStar. I would rather not leave the built-in Admin account enabled as it is likely that someone will leave it active and even possibly use that as their user account, leaving themselves very vulnerable if something gets corrupted.
hfinlay10, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

If the new owner uses the admin account, there is not much you can do about it. Other than a complete install
of the OS.

I recommend removing all the user accounts except the admin and guest. The guest normally is disabled. The administrator on many new machines is disabled. You have to give them something to get started with. They have
to be able to install their own programs on the disk so Admin priv's is required.

Make sure and delete all the users files from the user directory.. If you sign on as administrator, it won't let you
delete that one.

Rich
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