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erase files on win8

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I'd like to erase 20,000 files before returning win8 machine. I've tried to boot from disk containing dban, but couldn't figure out how to boot from disk in win8.

None of the  following solutions work either . Error messages say I don't have privileges to any of the files.
- ccleaner
- eraser
- fileShreder

sdelete doesn't install. When I unzip the installation files, a command line window opens and immediately closes. I also don't get the setup prompts after unzipping that I get in win7.

Can someone please help me permanently erase my files before returning the machine?
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by:IanTh
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Thanks IanTh. Will ubcd4win allow me to erase folders? Does it run from a boot disk? Lastly, how do I even boot from disk in win8? There's no f12 interupt during startup.
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check the bios boot order of the machine

ubcd4win is a windows xp boot cd
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by:webtechgal
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Would not running a factory re-install on the box have the same effect? Formats the drive and puts it back to original condition you received it in.
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>>  Lastly, how do I even boot from disk in win8? There's no f12 interupt during startup.   <<  look here :  http://www.howtogeek.com/126016/three-ways-to-access-the-windows-8-boot-options-menu/
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by:McKnife
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> how do I even boot from disk in win8? There's no f12 interupt during startup.
That has nothing to do with the OS you installed. tell us what notebook`/computer that is and we'll tell you the key instead of F12. Then, DBAN will work.
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by:McKnife
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You could also decide not to use a boot disk if you are sure to know that you have all files to delete in a folder structure and you don't miss out some. Take eraser from here http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser/?source=dlp , it works on win8.
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See this video for boot options. If it is a new machine with UEFI boot then you can't just F12 to BIOS.
This is a download that plays in WMP.
http://media.ch9.ms/ch9/5955/f42cccac-fa67-4697-bba2-6231c4935955/DesigningPCsthatbootfasterthaneverbefore.mp4

It's a whole new system for getting to the BIOS or for booting from a disk.

You could use the option that is now available in Windows 8 to just refresh the OS to factory settings....  also available in the General Settings Menu of PC settings.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc
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by:gliese581
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Just woke up this morning,. Checking your suggestions...
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see my post...
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I managed to erase a folder using Eraser. Now trying to erase c:\users\owner.  We'll see if that works. There are 20,000 files in there. I may not have privileges to erase this folder.

webtechgal. How would I do a factory reinstall? I think that would work, but I don't have a boot disk and wouldn't know how to boot win8 from disk if I had one.

Checking other suggestions. Thanks all.
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by:gliese581
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Thanks for the boot guidance nobus.

I'm an old guy and stopped learning new stuff after command line. Looks like I gotta' now reluctantly figure out win8. Thanks for your help.

I love EE.
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Still checking all suggestions thanks all.
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by:gliese581
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Just saw davidlevans3' post.

Eraser is trying to erase c:\uses\owner. If this bombs, I'll try the suggestions to reinstall windows.

Hmm. Might try this either way.

Thanks all.
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