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    How to delete everything but keep OS

    by macworldhello ·

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    Basically I ‘m selling my desktop to a friend, I want everything to be removed, but I don’t want the operating system to go away. (I’m not sure where the key is & I don’t want to go through the hassle of re-installing, etc.)

    Is there a way to do this or what do you recommend?
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    • #2415815

      For most, this will do fine. But first, that CDKEY.

      by rproffitt ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      The CDKEY can be retrieved with the MAGIC JELLYBEAN FINDER (see google.)

      Remember that what I’m going to share is good enough for most but those that are paranoid just won’t be enough.

      The simplest method is to create TWO (this is important to have two) LOCAL LOGIN ADMIN accounts. When you are ready to dust off your old account and its files you can log into one of these and then remove your old account. When you do that Windows will ask if you want to keep the files, you answer you want to dump those files and you have cleaned out most of your junk.

      If you want to uninstall apps, then do that.

      A final step would be to use CCLEANER (see google) to wipe empty space which is noted at https://www.ccleaner.com/docs/ccleaner/using-ccleaner/wiping-free-disk-space

      Yes, there may be a few remnants but it’s 99% clean and good to go.

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      Operating System

      by danielbora ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      Just Reset your windows thats all

    • #2415617

      Reset Your Computer

      by nomozine ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      To delete everything on your computer without affecting your Operating System, this is what you need to do.

      1. Go to statup
      2. Search for “Reset this PC”
      3.Click on get started in the reset pc section.
      4. Choose Remove everything among the options.
      5. You are done.

      Give your computer some time to completely reset your computer. It might take a while.

      If you don’t like to reset your pc but prefer to increase storage by deleting large files on your computer, use this guide:

      How to Find Large Files on Windows 10 Easily

    • #2415595

      Delete EVERYTHING while keeping your WINDOWS PRODUCT KEY

      by r.peterson ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      Hope it helps

    • #2415583

      Reset this PC

      by bruno_johnson ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      Windows 10 has a built-in method for wiping your PC and restoring it to an ‘as new’ state. You can choose to preserve just your personal files or to erase everything, depending on what you need.

      Go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Recovery, click Get started and select the appropriate option. Then follow the on-screen instructions to restore Windows 10 to a factory-fresh state.

      Bruno J.

    • #2419136

      How to delete everything but keep OS

      by chalessmith ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      CCLEANER is the best way to delete everything but keep the OS.

    • #2416773

      How to delete everything but keep OS

      by arinamichel911 ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      You can format the all drive except installed OS drive to delete everything from your PC

    • #2416743

      delete everything but keep OS

      by danielbora ·

      In reply to How to delete everything but keep OS

      there are so many options for this, you can reset your pc or you can use USB flash disk to reset your drives,

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