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I have a laptop that is running Windows 7 Professional and I want to give it to someone else after wiping out information.

Problems:
1. I do not have a CD drive or a windows CD
2. I am running windows 7, so the advanced recovery seems to only allow me an option to recycle with a CD (and CD drive).

How can I wipe off the personal information from this computer so that I can give it to another person to use (I do not need to do a HIGH SECURITY wipe, and can just rely on deleting files).

Thank you.
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Question by:Lev Seltzer
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by:Guy Lidbetter
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Hi Lev,

Uninstall any private software first.

Then

Create a new user with administrator rights, make sure they are a member of the local administrators group.

Login with that account and wipe anything you don't want the new person to have, so under Users > delete your profile... and any other folders you feel contain private data.

It won't be a clean build, but you can scrub as much as you like to remove your personal data.

Regards

Guy
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by:andreas
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after scrubbing fill the harddisk with useless information until full, then the next user cant use recovery tools to recover the deleted files.

furthermore you should disable system restore and volume shadow copies b4 deletion of the files. also dont forget to clean the recycler.

after cleaning you should turn on shadow copies and system restore again so the next user has a chance in case of errors to revert to previous state of windows/files
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by:Gabriel Clifton
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You can use any number of programs like CCleaner that allow you to securely wipe free space.
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Gabriel Clifton earned 668 total points
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You can create a bootable windows usb install drive and reinstall.
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by:Lev Seltzer
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Thank you for your suggestions.
The client wrote back and said that he pressed f11 and found an option to reset to factory settings. I think this is a solution unique to IBM, as I have not heard of this before.
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by:Guy Lidbetter
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Great Lev, glad you found an easy solution...
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