Quick reset windows lenovo laptop

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How to quickly reset/wipe lenovo windows laptop?
bios, startup options, etc/?
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Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Most laptops have a recovery partition built into them which will restore the laptop to the same point it was in when purchased.

If you can identify the model of your laptop, should be able to find the instructions online for you.

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Here you go Tiras25.

https://manuals.coolblue.nl/71/lenovo-thinkpad-t570.pdf

The info you're after is in Chapter 8 of the above manual.

Hope that's helpful.

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Look in Start, Settings, Update and Security and then Recovery. Do a recovery from there. Except for BIOS, that will do it all. Update BIOS before or after.
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By the way, it is a Reset, but NOT quick.
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and note it will reset to the the factory installed OS - so you may need to do all updates
in many cases, a fresh install is quicker then

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I just need something that would do a quick wipe.
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You would need the recovery USB and the delete all partitions. But that does not delete any data - it just removes the disk structure
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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I just need something that would do a quick wipe.

Doing a quick wipe will still need you to reinstall the OS Tiras25.

Is the purpose of this exercise to be able to sell or give the laptop to a new owner? Please clarify.

You "could" download, install and use a utility to securely delete user created files and folders, however, you would still have to manually select what needs to be wiped which would likely take considerably longer to do than just reverting the laptop back to factory defaults, per the instructions in the PDF link I gave you earlier.

It would also require manually uninstalling any programs that were manually installed since the laptop was purchased and cleaning up leftovers that uninstallers almost always leave behind.

The problem with using a USB solution, downloading and installing Windows 10 fresh while "Keeping Nothing" from Microsoft in order to do a wipe, is that after the install, you will be missing all of the laptops needed Chipset and proprietary hardware drivers, which would mean that you would *still* need to spend time seeking out, downloading and installing all those needed drivers after having used a USB solution.

The quickest way to ensure all user created data is removed and the laptop is up to date is to

1. Follow the instructions in the PDF I linked (Chapter 8) to restore your laptop back to factory defaults.

2. Update Windows 10 to its latest build if that's what's desired after completing the first step by running Windows Update and you're done.

This method ensures everything that came with the laptop when it was purchased, including software and needed chipset and proprietary hardware drivers, will already be installed in Windows 10 after the laptop has been wiped.

Let me know if you need additional assistance in performing that type of wipe and restore.

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Further to my last comment, if for whatever reason you would prefer not to restore your laptop back to factory defaults, you can follow the procedure described below.

Press your Windows Key and type Reset this PC as shown below.

The following window will open. Click the Get Started button

Reset this PC Button
After the Get Started button, as shown above, has been clicked, the following window will appear.

Keep everything or nothing
Now click either

Keep my files - which will remove apps, programs and settings, but will not delete any personal or user-created files
or
Remove everything - which will remove all apps, programs, personal files, and settings

Once one of the above options are clicked, the Reset process will start. Simply follow the prompts and Windows 10 will be reinstalled with the options you've selected.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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youca n connect the drive to another- working- pc
then use disk management to delete all partitions; or format it from explorer
you can also use diskpart then - and do a clean as follows :
start run powershell (as admin) type Diskpart
now type list disks
select the disk you want to clean with select disk #
type clean

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