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Windows loaded and impact on donations

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When donating a Laptop or PC, is it OK to leave the Windows 7, 8 or 10 OS on the machine? If no, how does the recipient such as a Church handle a 'blank' machine that won't boot and requiring the load of an OS? This will be a problem especially if they are not technically oriented. Thanks in advance.
 

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When donating a Laptop or PC, is it OK to leave the Windows 7, 8 or 10 OS on the machine? If no, how does the recipient such as a Church handle a 'blank' machine that won't boot and requiring the load of an OS? This will be a problem especially if they are not technically oriented. Thanks in advance.
When transferring the OS, you are required to give the recipient ALL the accompanying info.
License key, COA, etc, etc.

How you do this depends greatly on where the license came from.
If the original OS was preinstalled on the system, then it will transfer with that system. Do a FULL wipe and reinstall, and donate/sell.

If it is an OS that you purchased on its own, you are required to give the new owner all the documentation that it came with.
Again, do a FULL wipe and reinstall before it leaves your hands.

Alternately, install a Linux OS on it, and let the new owner figure out the future OS and licensing.
 

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Other alternate...install Windows 10, and leave it Unactivated. It will run just fine. Just have a small watermark at bottom right.
Again, let them figure out the licensing issue.
 

versionmanager

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When transferring the OS, you are required to give the recipient ALL the accompanying info.
License key, COA, etc, etc.

How you do this depends greatly on where the license came from.
If the original OS was preinstalled on the system, then it will transfer with that system. Do a FULL wipe and reinstall, and donate/sell.

If it is an OS that you purchased on its own, you are required to give the new owner all the documentation that it came with.
Again, do a FULL wipe and reinstall before it leaves your hands.

Alternately, install a Linux OS on it, and let the new owner figure out the future OS and licensing.
I really appreciate this response.
 

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