Computer Security & Viruses/Novell Client Removal

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Windows xp pro starts up and then Novell Client box appears with login old old laptop Dell Inspiron 2650. Just want to give to young grandson to learn on and play.
Can not get rid of it old passwords and people long gone- Thanks for any help.

Answer
Without those old passwords, your best bet is to simply reinstall Windows XP.

If you have a set of disks that can reinstall Windows XP, then follow the directions on these disk to put your computer back the way it was when it came from the store. Another possibility is that your XP computer may have a hidden part of the hard drive that will reinstall the original operating system.

You can read about reinstalling XP at this website: http://techbase.msu.edu/article.asp?id=2969

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Carolyn Meinel

Expertise

I cover Windows, Linux, TCP/IP and Ethernet security questions. I do not cover Mac, smart phones, or other networking issues.

Experience

Books by Carolyn Meinel: wrote a chapter for The Hacking of America book (see http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1567204600/happyhacker) My article Code Red for the Web for Scientific American was reprinted in the book Best American Science Writing 2002 (see http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060936509/happyhacker). My book The Happy Hacker: A Guide to Mostly Harmless Hacking is now in 4th edition with a Japanese edition (see http://happyhacker.org/hhbook/).

Organizations
IEEE, AAAS

Publications
See a list with some online links at http://cmeinel.com

Education/Credentials
MS, Industrial Engineering, The University of Arizona Took a course in computer forensics at the University of Texas at Austin/

Past/Present Clients
DARPA, SAIC, Palmer Labs

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