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How-To Guide - How to Safely Prepare Your Computer for Sale or Donation - Reset Windows & Wipe Files

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Published on Sep 15, 2016

This How-To Video shows the safe process to reset your PC back to factory default configuration. This process will restore Windows to "like new" condition and wipe your personal files from the computer.

If you are selling your computer, make sure your personal files don't go with it. This process takes a few hours, but it completely and forever removes your personal files from your hard drive or solid state drive.

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If you try what is shown in the video and it gives an error message, there is another way to do this.

This video shows how to create a new Windows 10 USB Install Drive directly from Microsoft.com: https://youtu.be/gLfnuE1unS8

This video shows how to use this Windows 10 USB Install Drive to reinstall Windows 10 from scratch: https://youtu.be/6uRT-bWE2EQ

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