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Need to make used Inspiron like new.

\015 Hi I was given an acquaintence's old Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop when he got his new computer. It originally came with XP installed and when it came out he took the Dell upgrade to Vista Home Premium as it was offered upon purchase. My problem is that it seems to have about 40G of hard drive but only about 12G available. I would really like to be able to use some of this but i cannot seem to figure out what exactly is using up all this space.Also, there seems to be more users/groups listed than there are user accounts. Do I need all of these? How do I get rid of the ones not used? And is there any way I can make this computer all mine and not have any traces of the old owner? It does not appear that he cleaned anything up or removed any of the programs he installed, of which there are a few I would like to retain. He also did not provide me with ANY recovery or installation discs for either XP or Vista. \015\012I am no longer in contact with this mutual friend and have no way of contacting the former owner of this laptop. Please help. I would really like this to be a like a fresh install but I do not know, am not sure how to go about it. If there is any other information you need please let me know.\015

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\015\012When you look under the Computer icon, do you see a drive D possibly labeled 'Recovery"? If so and it is not corrupt, you can do a system restore and this will put the notebook back to day one if you want. Also, do you want to restore XP or Vista?
\015\012With that in mind, if you do not see the restore partition, you will need reinstall the os of your chioce. Dell will allow you to purchase one Restore disk for your system. Just go to Dell.com and go to support. Follow the instruction and you will be good to go.
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Go into control panel and add /remove programs you should be able to remove some that way and also purchase a registry cleaning software that will clean out any unused programs that have already been removed not sure if windows vista will let you do this it is a very stuborn program
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