Question about wiping laptop to sell later


  1. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 20H2
       #1

    Question about wiping laptop to sell later


    I'm resetting my wife's old laptop so we can sell it.

    When the reset is complete, and Windows starts wanting me to add a name, location and all the other personalization stuff, is it possible to simply shut off the laptop at that time without entering any info like that?

    I ask because I have no idea who the next owner will be, and would rather have them set it with their information.
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  2. humbird's Avatar
    Posts : 154
    Windows 10 Home
       #2

    Yes, you may just shut it down and new owner can do setup. Be sure to remove it from Microsofts device list before selling.
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  3. Paul Black's Avatar
    Posts : 13,311
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #3

    Hello @cbiweb,

    cbiweb said:
    I'm resetting my wife's old laptop so we can sell it.

    When the reset is complete, and Windows starts wanting me to add a name, location and all the other personalization stuff, is it possible to simply shut off the laptop at that time without entering any info like that?

    Yes that should be OK.

    Also, if it is an OEM, have a look at this to see if it will do what you want => How to Reset Windows 10

    Reset your PC prepares the PC for recycling or for transfer of ownership by reinstalling the OS, removing all user accounts and contents [ e.g. data, Classic Windows applications, and Universal Windows apps ], and restoring pre-installed customizations to their factory state.

    Also, look at this => How to Remove Devices from your Microsoft Account

    Additionally, make sure that you have the Product Key available if they need it.

    I hope this helps.
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  4. Megahertz's Avatar
    Posts : 2,856
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #4

    Reinstalling or reset may delete your wife's data, but it can be partially recovered.
    Erase Disk using Diskpart Clean Command in Windows 10
    To secure erase the drive:
    Boot from a Win 10 installation drive and launch a CMD windows and type:
    diskpart
    list disk (it will list all drives. Identify the drive number to clean)
    select disk n (replace n by the drive number obtained with list disk)
    clean all (it will take a looong time)
    exit (to exit diskpart)

    Now Clean Install Windows 10 (same version as before). Don't connect to the internet. Shutdown when asked for a user name.
    Last edited by Megahertz; 15 Jun 2021 at 15:17.
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  5. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 4,092
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1
       #5

    You could also sell it without the drive, let the new owner buy what they want and install windows
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