Question Does replacing hard drive remove Admin accounts?

Jul 25, 2019
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Trying to fix up a computer for my mother. My mom started a job working from home through a cruise line. The job wasn't a good fit so she quit. She has tried emailing the company trying to return her work computer for a year now. She finally received an email saying she may just keep the computer and do with it as she pleases... She is unable to install/uninstall anything due to an admin account/password. IT will not help her at all.
If I were to replace the SSD with a new one from amazon, would that remove all admin properties? Would she be free to use the computer however she likes?
 

jimmysmitty

Polypheme
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Yes.

Putting in a new drive would require Windows to be reinstalled and thus new accounts. All the information existing on that original drive would be limited to that drive.

However you could also just reinstall Windows on the existing drive and delete the existing partitions instead of spending money on a new drive.
 

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