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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Joe T., Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Joe T.

    Joe T. Flightless Bird

    Can someone tell me what this is? What does it do? I'm cleaning up a office
    computer a ex-employee was using for a new employee. It's a icon on her
    desktop.
    XP Pro, Retail version SP2
     
  2. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    Joe T. wrote:

    > Can someone tell me what this is? What does it do? I'm cleaning up a office
    > computer a ex-employee was using for a new employee. It's a icon on her
    > desktop.
    > XP Pro, Retail version SP2


    And why aren't you flattening and rebuilding (using an image or sysprep) to
    provide a FRESH install of the OS with all the necessary applications on the
    new employee's computer (which is a used computer polluted with you know not
    what)? Stop wasting time trying to cleanup a used host. Re-image it and
    provide a NEW setup to the new employee.
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Format the HDD & do a clean install of Windows. Please note that a Repair
    Install (AKA in-place upgrade) will NOT suffice!

    HOW TO do a clean install of WinXP: See
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps and/or Method 1 in
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307

    After the clean install, you'll have the equivalent of a "new computer" so
    take care of everything on the following page before otherwise connecting
    the machine to the internet or a local network (i.e., other computers) and
    before using a flash drive or SDCard that isn't brand-new or hasn't been
    freshly formatted:

    4 steps to help protect your new computer before you go online
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pypc.aspx

    Other helpful references include:

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP Gold (no Service Packs) fully patched
    (after a clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsupdate/msg/3f5afa8ed33e121c

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP1(a) or SP2 fully patched (after a
    clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a066ae41add7dd2b

    Note: Extended Support for WinXP SP2 ends on 10 July 2010. After that date,
    computers running WinXP SP2 will NOT be offered any further critical
    security updates, Automatic Updates will not work, and Windows Update
    website will not be accessible until SP3 is installed.

    Tip: After getting the computer fully-patched, download/install KB971029
    manually: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971029

    NB: Any Norton or McAfee free-trial that came preinstalled on the computer
    when you bought it will be reinstalled (but invalid) when Windows is
    reinstalled. You MUST uninstall the free-trial and download/run the
    appropriate removal tool before installing any updates, Windows Service
    Packs or IE upgrades and before installing your new anti-virus application
    (which will require WinXP SP3 to be installed).

    Norton Removal Tool
    ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/removal_tools/Norton_Removal_Tool.exe

    McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool
    http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe

    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002

    Joe T. wrote:
    > Can someone tell me what this is? What does it do? I'm cleaning up a
    > office
    > computer a ex-employee was using for a new employee. It's a icon on her
    > desktop.
    > XP Pro, Retail version SP2
     
  4. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    LOL. My wife used JPreg as the file to keep track of her pregnancy years ago

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Joe T." <JoeT@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D9E75EC5-35E1-4F5E-BE9A-31C859415B72@microsoft.com...
    > Can someone tell me what this is? What does it do? I'm cleaning up a office
    > computer a ex-employee was using for a new employee. It's a icon on her
    > desktop.
    > XP Pro, Retail version SP2
     
  5. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 25, 1:03 am, Joe T. <J...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > Can someone tell me what this is? What does it do? I'm cleaning up a office
    > computer a ex-employee was using for a new employee. It's a icon on her
    > desktop.
    > XP Pro, Retail version SP2


    If it is not somehow associated with The Scottish Parliament Renewable
    energy & Energy efficiency Group (SPREG), then you have not provided
    enough information.

    You should whack that system and reinstall everything from scratch or
    you will spend a lot more time wondering what things are and what they
    do. You only need to be wondering about your stuff, not somebody
    else's old stuff.

    If this is an office computer or, I would dazzle them with a blast of
    brilliance by suggesting to the IT department that they create a
    method to efficiently redeploy used computers in the workplace.
     

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