Windows 10: Process for selling a computer with Win10 Solved

  1.    11 Mar 2018 #1

    Process for selling a computer with Win10


    I've been digging through lots of tutorials and forums trying to figure out the best path for preparing an older computer for sale, while leaving Windows 10 available to the buyer. I have an older HP Slimline that shipped with Windows 7. I upgraded successfully to Windows 10, which is activated. This is currently outfitted with a 1TB drive, which I plan to replace with the original 250GB drive.

    This appears to be the process:

    1. Deactivate Windows 10.
    2. Swap hard drives.
    3. Zero out the drive (it's been lightly used in an external case, so I'm assuming it should be wiped out just in case)
    4. Install Windows 10???

    #4 is where I'm uncertain how to continue. I believe a fresh install would be best, but how can I activate Win10 to pass onto the new buyer? I plan to include an install DVD with the sale, but what is the best way to pass on the Win10 key to the new owner?

    To clarify, this is an older Slimline s5610f with an Athlon processor, and I do not believe it has a UEFI setting to store the key. Thanks
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  2.    11 Mar 2018 #2

    You will not be able to deactivate Windows 10. The activation (based on hardware ID) is held on Microsoft Servers.

    When you have cleaned and swapped your drives and reinstalled Windows 10 it will activate automatically when it is connected to internet.

    Just make sure when installing Windows 10 you use the same version (Home or Pro) as you have now and if asked for a key click on "I don't have one".

    You could turn off the PC after the first reboot on the fresh install (leaving the new owner to set up users etc) or alternatively set up an account called "Owner" (or something like that) so you can check the activation is OK and install any required drivers for them.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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       11 Mar 2018 #3

    dmw13 said: View Post
    ...shipped with Windows 7. I upgraded successfully to Windows 10, which is activated. ...

    I believe a fresh install would be best, but how can I activate Win10 to pass onto the new buyer? ... what is the best way to pass on the Win10 key to the new owner?
    There is no key to pass on, the upgrade to 10 will have given windows 10 a generic key.

    When you upgraded from Windows 7 the PC was given a digital license which is stored on Microsoft's activation servers, tied to the unique hardware ID of the PC.

    This means that you can replace the HDD (which doesn't form part of the hardware ID), do a clean install and, when asked for a key click 'I don't have one'. As soon as Windows can contact the activation servers windows will automatically be activated by the digital license. The license is only valid for one edition, Home or Pro. You must install the same edition as you had before for it to activate.

    NB: when you do the clean install, do NOT use a Microsoft account to create the first user during setup. Use a Local account. See step 23 in this tutorial.

    Clean Install Windows 10
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  4.    11 Mar 2018 #4

    In the same tutorial Bree has posted, consider "if you would like to set up this PC to have an OOBE (Out-of-box Experience) so another user/owner can pick up at this point to finish setting up Windows on the PC with their own account and preferences the next time the PC it turned on," idea following step 16.

    Clean Install Windows 10
    Clean Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
    I've done it only once and I'm glad I did.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       11 Mar 2018 #5

    MeAndMyComputer said: View Post
    Consider setting up as "if you would like to set up this PC to have an OOBE (Out-of-box Experience) so another user/owner can pick up at this point to finish setting up Windows...
    That's a good suggestion.

    Here's an additional suggestion. Set the PC into 'Retail Demo Experience Mode' after completing the clean install. This is how PCs are running when you see them in the shops, you'll be able to let the prospective new owner play with it before deciding if they want it. Turn off demo mode to put the PC back to the OOBE.

    ...Windows 10 will now restart the computer to turn off the retail demo experience mode.... When finished, Windows 10 will be sitting at the OOBE (Out-of-box experience) screen waiting for you to finish setting it up.
    Turn On or Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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  6.    11 Mar 2018 #6

    Thanks, everyone. This was just what I needed. Managed to get the system ready this evening and hope to get it listed tomorrow. And I'll be using this twice, as I have another computer I'm considering selling as well. Don't know why anyone makes a motherboard without wake on lan these days, but a used computer I picked up is just such a beast. On the plus side, what I paid for it used is about half what it's worth. Hope to trade over to something usable as a server for that one.

    You all are life savers.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       11 Mar 2018 #7

    dmw13 said: View Post
    Thanks, everyone. This was just what I needed. Managed to get the system ready this evening and hope to get it listed tomorrow..


    Well, if you're listing it online then plain OOBE is appropriate - they wouldn't know how to get out of 'Demo Mode', that's more appropriate for face-to-face sales.
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  8.    12 Mar 2018 #8

    I installed Win10 Home with a generic username and password (actually used 'password') and will send an install disk with the computer, plus I plan to email instructions to the buyer with both the username/password and a link to how to reset the PC. No perfect way to sell a used PC nowadays.

    It was interesting how Windows activated itself once connected to a network. Very cool.
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  9.    12 Mar 2018 #9

    "I plan to email instructions to the buyer with both the username/password and a link to how to reset the PC."
    Sounds good but a system image backup is a plus also.
    As far as I know a reset doesn't include applications that a user has.
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