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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 8.1 Questions: Win 8.1 (and Win 8) Gifting a Windows 8.1 Desktop Computer

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      • #2170189 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        Good Afternoon:

        Quick question: I plan on gifting my Windows 8.1 desktop computer to a family member.  What is the appropriate way to remove my personal Windows 8.1 logon information so my family member can create his own user account on the desktop?

        Thanks, as always,


        PS: After gifting my current desktop, I plan on purchasing a new updated model!

      • #2170192 Reply
        Al Taylor
        AskWoody Plus

        The following will do it:

        1. Settings (Win + C, then tap the “gear” icon)
        2. Update and Recovery
        3. Recovery
        4. “Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows” (includes the note: “If you want to recycle your PC or start over completely, you can reset it to its factory settings”.)
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      • #2170193 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Settings, Change PC settings, Update and recovery, Recovery, Remove everything and reinstall Windows:

        If you want to recycle your PC, give it away, or start over with it, you can reset it completely. This removes everything and reinstalls Windows.
        Reset your PC (Applies to: Windows 8.1)

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        Since you are gifting the computer to a family member, you will probably end up providing computer support to that family member. Therefore, I suggest you leave an administrator account on the computer, one which you can log on to in order to provide support. You could simply leave your current account on the computer, and make sure it has administrator rights; but change the password, to prevent anyone else from logging in under that account.

        In addition to the above, you should create two accounts for your family member. Let’s say his name is “John”:
        * Create a standard account named “John”.
        * Create an administrator account named “MrJohn”.

        Put the same password on both accounts. In this way, he won’t forget the administrator password.

        He will log in normally as “John”. If he needs administrator access to install a program, it will ask him for the password for “MrJohn”, at which time he will type his normal password, allowing the install to proceed.

        You don’t need to delete or remove anything, if you do what I have suggested above, unless perhaps you want to delete your personal documents from the computer.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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