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Old 02-01-18, 18:25
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Good evening to all.
Hope you all had a happy new year.
Santa was good to me this xmas he brought me a new laptop.Now I would like to pass on the old laptop. Yes I wish to clear all info from the hdd, What would be the best option to do that and have a fresh windows 10 home back on it.Before it was upgraded to windows 10 good while ago it was a windows 8.1.
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Old 02-01-18, 18:35
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If you wish to keep the operating system but not personal data then the best option might be to Reset:
Settings>Update & Security>Recovery>Reset this PC
when you click the Get Started button you are given the choice to Keep My files or Remove Everything. Choose the latter and that should do the job for you.

However, I have never done this myself so some input from someone who has might be useful

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Settings>Update & Security>Recovery>Reset this PC
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http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reset-windows-10
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Many thanks both.
Can you please clarify one thing if I do the reset option and select remove all files does that mean when finished will windows 10 be still on the hdd so then can be used as a new item.
Never attempted nothing like this before I don't wand to make a mess of it for the person that will have it.
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I take the hard drive out and get a massive great nail and a huge hammer and make three large holes through the platters. Then I bin the hard drive. I actually have moved on in the world these days and I do use an electric drill with a huge metal boring bit in it to achieve the same results. Nobody gets my information.

Oh yeah putting it back to factory settings will get rid of your files but they will be recoverable. My method is the ONLY safe method.
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That's a lot of help.
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That's a lot of help.
As I said mine is the ONLY safe way. take it or leave it.
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If you reset the drive, when restored to factory settings most of the old files will be overwritten. A forensics package such as used by the security services would be needed to recover anything significant. If you're feeling paranoid, you can get a free trial of such a package here https://www.osforensics.com/download.html just to see whats left behind.
If you feel it necessary, CCleaner comes with a tool to wipe the free space not occupied by the OS and then can overwrite it multiple times.
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I would say that at the level you are working at, DavidNewton's suggestion of a Reset will be adequate as you obviously know who the computer is going to.
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Many thanks to all. I will do the reset option.
Once again big thanks..
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