[SOLVED] Help "factory resetting" pc

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Planning on selling PC, but have been having a few software problems lately with drivers and such. So i need to fully reset all the parts and wipe it so that it would be like having put the computer together for the first time. How do i do this on windows 10? Using an i5 4690k on a asus z97, gtx 1080p (changed over from amd). Thanks :)
 

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Do i need to create a user to wipe the discs after i plug them in again?
Installing the OS, you will create a user account.
This is an admin account.

Make it something really generic.
Admin/admin.
Give that to the new user.
Along with the documented license key, written down.

Let HIM apply that license to the install.


And you do the install with the system offline. Don't connect the ethernet cable or WiFi.
 

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Full wipe and reinstall.
Delete ALL partitions in the process.

 
Jun 22, 2020
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Full wipe and reinstall.
Delete ALL partitions in the process.

Thanks! But if i'm selling the computer WITH windows 10, would i want to link windows to a MSA?
 
Jun 22, 2020
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No, you let THEM link it to an account.

Where did this Win 10 license come from?
Bought it, dont think i still have the key though, need to check.
And also it says to disconnect all other drives than the one with windows installed, but what happens when i plug them in again, couldn't there be software conflicts or something? And these need to be wiped too.
 

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Do i need to create a user to wipe the discs after i plug them in again?
Installing the OS, you will create a user account.
This is an admin account.

Make it something really generic.
Admin/admin.
Give that to the new user.
Along with the documented license key, written down.

Let HIM apply that license to the install.


And you do the install with the system offline. Don't connect the ethernet cable or WiFi.
 
Jun 22, 2020
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And my personal concept...the recipient of any used system needs to do their own full wipe and reinstall anyway.
Even if the seller says they did it just 5 minutes ago.
Ok, but what about all the drivers, will i need to install all them again? I wont really know where to find them all. And what about if there are any drivers on the discs that i plug in again after resetting, any problems there?
 

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