1.    07 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 15
    windows 10

    Refresh/Reset/Clean Install on Activated Free Upgrade Version?

    I have a laptop that came with Win7/8 that I upgraded to Win10 while it was free. The hard drive failed, so I replaced it, restored the OS to Win8 from backup, then upgraded back to Win10 and says it's activated.

    I have purchased a new laptop and want to sell this one, but want it to be completely clean. I only have one User account which is a Local Account Administrator user. I guess I need to do a Win10 refresh or reset or clean install to get rid of all my User data. Not sure which one so that I get rid of my User data and retain the activation?
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  2.    07 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,387
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Just do a clean install of W10 on the old laptop, it will activate automatically once it`s online, the laptops hardware data is stored on Microsoft`s server, you don`t have to worry about a thing

    You could also clean install the original OS that came with the old laptop, as long as you can read the key on the COA.
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  3.    07 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,954

    Use 'reset my pc' and select option to securely remove all files suitable for selling pc.
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  4.    08 Jun 2017 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 15
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, I'll give the Reset my PC option a try.
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