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Not so. My XP Pro I ran for years was an ex-Dell OEM disc which didn't ever ask or give a stuff about the hardware.
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On 19/12/2012 01:27, Grimly Curmudgeon wrote:

It seems that big corporate users throw stuff out after 4 years so there's usually a glut of Dells on EBay
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My employer now crushes absolutely everything (used to be just the HDDs) due to an attack of corporate IT paranoia. Hugely powerful machines when new, still very powerful after 4 years. They used to sell them off to employess for charity...
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On 19/12/12 10:47, Man at B&Q wrote:

My brother in law is the man who gives the order to crush..
"The cost of taking them apart to remove and crush the disks alone is greater than the cost of crushing the whole box: And the overhead and cost of selling the box would negate its actually resale value, without a disk and a windows license."
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On Wed, 19 Dec 2012 02:47:52 -0800, Man at B&Q wrote:

Yes, many moons ago when I lived in Cambridge there was a time where I could get hold of stuff that was only a couple of years old - and just a year in some cases - quite easily. Things seemed to change around 2005 and suddenly everything seemed to be going off to specialist "recyclers" where it would be crushed.
I'm not quite sure what had changed, although I think it was perhaps around that time that there were a few high profile cases in the media about data being recovered from junk systems.
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On 20/12/12 00:28, Jules Richardson wrote:

That's pretty much it.
picking up a load of email addies of a 'deleted' hard drive aint hard if deletion was the last thing done before it was shoved out the door.
Also the accountancy procedure was to write off the whole PC after 4 years: embarrassing to account for the cash value of 'resold' machines. Hours more work for the bean counters.
Simple solution. Pay a man to take em waway on te extress cindition they are all crushed.
Mind you there is a shop here that sells S/H Pcs and suchlike
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In 2000, the company I worked for was taken over by another, much larger, one. As IT manager, I was asked by many staff if they could have their PCs. Since our acquirer didn't want them, I had no issue with this (providing the data on them was deleted), but I was told by senior management that there were licensing, tax and H&S issues, so the vast majority went in the crusher.
Prior to that, I had tried to give older machines away to charity, but no-one wanted them - they all wanted up-to-date machines with recent Windows licenses. So they went in the crusher, too.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but these days isn't all the data held one central servers and the like, and not individual desktop PC's?...
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On 20/12/2012 11:53, tony sayer wrote:

Even if that is the design and intent, you cannot preclude some files, caches, etc. containing sensitive information. And the registry...
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On 20/12/12 11:53, tony sayer wrote:

you would be surprised..windows especially is hard to configure to disallow the users from using 'private' disk space.
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Short answer, no.
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You're wrong. :o)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_user_computing

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On 20/12/12 16:50, Huge wrote:

I must be getting tired, because I utterly fail to see the relevance of that link to the discussions
So
YOU'RE WRONG!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_egoism

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On 20/12/2012 00:28, Jules Richardson wrote:

I noted that last year when trying to get my hands on a P4 for my mum to replace my 2003-acquired P3 which she had since 2005. The P3 was only 3 years old when I got it and the P4 older. Both boxes had original HDDs which I didn't use.
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On 19/12/2012 01:27, Grimly Curmudgeon wrote:

It varies.... they have got less restrictive with time. Older machines (and certainly Win2K machines) frequently looked for a Dell BIOS. More recent stuff has got less fussy.
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On 19/12/2012 01:27, Grimly Curmudgeon wrote:

you were lucky.....
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On Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:38:47 +0000, Stephen H

No, it was common at that point, plenty of people did it. Earlier Dell installations were a pig though, refusing to install unless they saw a Dell flag in the BIOS or elsewhere. '98 and W2K stand out in my memory for that.
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In article <3f22127c-362a-4055-bb21-
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Are you still using the same photo processing software? If so, and photo processing has slowed down over time, you might get away without spending much money - perhaps none.
Run CCleaner[1], remove any unused applications & games etc, tidy up the Registry. Defrag your hard disk.
If that doesn't do it, check how much RAM is fitted & see what it would cost to double it. (if your using 32 bit windows, there's a limit on how much RAM it can use).
[1] When installing CCleaner, it will suggest adding a (Yahoo?) toolbar to your browser - just say no.
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And uninstall all the software that you don't use any more.

I hate this. I would not use software that attempts to trick people to install crapware.
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Apropos of nothing very much, this kind of stuff regularly reminds me why I like Linux. And why when people tell me that Windows is "intuitive", my response is hollow laughter.
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