[SOLVED] What to do with Windows before I sell my desktop

johnr283

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I have a Dell desktop With Windows 10 pre installed and linked to my Microsoft account. Before I sell it what should I do with Windows to protect my pricvacy? I will do a clean install. Is there any way to remove my Microsoft account while still keeping Window activated for the buyer?
 

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That makes sense. I guess what I'd like to do is a sysytem restore, and leave Windows activated. As long I as they don't have may MS acount info it should be fine then, correct?
Activated means you are selling the license along with the hardware.
And if this was preinstalled from Dell, this hardware is the only system the license can be used on.

Read here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/10547/microsoft-account-selling-gifting-windows-10-device-xbox-one
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/can-i-sell-my-computer-with-windows-10-on-it/cce23fed-bc37-46bb-9b8c-5da9efe7cb65
 

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I have a Dell desktop With Windows 10 pre installed and linked to my Microsoft account. Before I sell it what should I do with Windows to protect my pricvacy? I will do a clean install. Is there any way to remove my Microsoft account while still keeping Window activated for the buyer?
Since you are not including an OS, just sell it without disks. There is no privacy concerns then.
 

johnr283

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You are effectively then selling it without a Windows license. Just don't put an OS on it at all.
That makes sense. I guess what I'd like to do is a sysytem restore, and leave Windows activated. As long I as they don't have may MS acount info it should be fine then, correct?
 

USAFRet

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That makes sense. I guess what I'd like to do is a sysytem restore, and leave Windows activated. As long I as they don't have may MS acount info it should be fine then, correct?
Activated means you are selling the license along with the hardware.
And if this was preinstalled from Dell, this hardware is the only system the license can be used on.

Read here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/10547/microsoft-account-selling-gifting-windows-10-device-xbox-one
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/can-i-sell-my-computer-with-windows-10-on-it/cce23fed-bc37-46bb-9b8c-5da9efe7cb65
 

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