I have a new job, is a laptop reset needed?  

  1. Posts : 66
    Windows 10

    I have a new job, is a laptop reset needed?

    I will be starting a new job later this month, it is 100% remote, working from home. My new employer does not provide computers or any other hardware. I will have to supply my own computer, monitor, phone headset, mouse and keyboard. Luckily, I already have what I need. I will be using an older Lenovo Idea Pad 110, it is almost 4 years old now but still works fine with no problems at all. Until now I have not used it very often, I use a newer laptop for my daily driver, but I do keep this older one updated and patched, I fire it up and check for updates a couple times a month. It is on Windows 10 20H2 OS Build 19042.1081. It has 6 GB Ram and a 1 TB hard drive, but not much is on it, it is less than 10% full. I use Windows Defender Antivirus with Andy Ful's Configure Defender set on High. My default browser is Edge Chromium with Ublock Origin.

    Since I will be using my own computer on my new employer's servers would it be a good idea to reset my laptop with a clean reinstall of Windows? I have everything that I would want to keep from this old laptop backed up already on flash drives and there is no sensitive data on it anyway. I have two user ID's on it, one standard user account that I use 99% of the time and an admin account for use only when needed. I just wonder if it might perform better for work or be better able to connect with the new system at work if I reset it and took all of the programs and apps I would not need for work off of it, and kept the laptop as bare bones as possible. If it really does not matter then I would just set up another standard user account for work only and use it that way.

    I appreciate any ideas or help on this. Thanks.

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  2. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider

    With nothing sensitive I don't why you would need to reinstall Windows. If you think you're system is not running 100% a clean install may be the way to go. Being a new job I would do what ever it takes to make sure my computer is ready to go.
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  3. Posts : 20,203
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.2728 (x64) [22H2]


    Might want to make sure that Andy Ful's Configure Defender, won't be an issue.
    As for the rest, it depends a lot on the job and how "they" want your machine set up.
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