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Best Software/Utility to run before I sell my Laptop


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#1 Kikig04

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 07:58 PM

Hi everyone- I have a Laptop with Win 7 Ultimate- Just wanted to see if anyone can suggest the best thing to do before I sell my computer- Unfortunately I don't have the Recovery Disc it came with, so I really don't want to complely wipe my HD... All I really have to save are family pictures.

 

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:04 PM

If it is a fairly late meaning 5 years or newer it should have a recovery partition, if it does a few key strokes and it will be back to factory new.  Post make and model so we can see if it does.

 

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:06 PM

Hi Kikig04 :)

What I suggest you to do is to download the .iso for Windows 7 Ultimate, and proceed to a clean reinstallation of the system. Which means, you'll wipe the current Windows installation and install a new one on the free partition. This is the best way to proceed if you ask me. Don't forget to have your product key in hand when proceeding (or grab it using ProduKey by NirSoft). If you have any questions, let me know :)

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 and 64-bit .iso: http://getintopc.com/softwares/operating-systems/windows-7-ultimate-free-download-iso-32-64-bit/
ProduKey: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

Phil, it's rare that posting the brand and model of a computer/laptop will let you know if there's a built-in Recovery partition or not. We don't know if the hard drive was wiped in the past, and if it was, the Recovery partition was most likely wiped with it. Even if the manufacturer website confirms that the computer came with a built-in Recovery partition, it's just assumption until we can confirm it. The best way is to go in the Disk Management Utility and inspect the partitions from there.

Edited by Aura., 26 May 2015 - 08:07 PM.

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:11 PM

But if it has one it is super simple!


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:13 PM

Yes it will, but we need to confirm that. Also, since Windows 7 Ultimate is installed on the laptop, it's possible that the hard drive was wiped and that Windows was installed after, since usually, laptops like these aren't sold with Windows 7 Ultimate except if you buy them for entreprise usage, and even there...

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:44 PM

Wow, thank you for stepping up to the plate for me you two- I'm sorry, I was posting this from my laptop and the computer I'm selling is my desktop- Hope there's no difference... Great guess Aura, my HD was wiped once and Win7 Ult. was installed- The PC was custom built like 8yrs ago and the only thing I have done is upgrade the ram- So the only Product Key # on the case is for Windows XP Home- Oldphil, thanks for the suggestion- How do I go about seeing if it has a partition?  Thanks again you two!

 

 

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:46 PM

Follow the instructions in post #3


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:46 PM

You just said that the hard drive was wiped, so I doubt there's any Recovery partition left on it. You can follow the instructions below to provide me a screenshot of the Disk Management Utility and I can check for you.

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Follow the instructions below to open the Disk Management Utility:
  • For Windows 7, click on the Windows Start Menu, right-click on Computer and select Manage (requires Admin Rights). From there, click on Disk Management in the left pane;
  • For Windows 8, bring the cursor in the bottom left-corner of the screen and wait for the metro preview to open, then right-click on it and select Disk Management;
  • For Windows 8,1 bring the cursor on the Windows logo, right-click on it and select Disk Management;
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:03 PM

I hope I got for you Aura?

 

 

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:07 PM

It is thank you. Like I thought you dont have any Recovery partition, so doing a Factory Reset for you won't be possible. You can install Windows XP Home and use the product key on the case if you want, or reinstall Windows 7 Ultimate like I suggested and use its product key. Any ways, you'll have to do a clean installation since a refresh isn't possible.

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:11 PM

Well I really don't want to install XP, I've listed the unit as having Win7 Ult.- I'd much rather try to install what it has now- Is that a difficult process Aura?

 

 

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:13 PM

Its not a difficult process at all. I can link you a tutorial on how to proceed if you wish. Can't really write one down since I'm on my phone. Do you have a USB Flash Drive or CD, DVD ready?

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:21 PM

Wow, can't believe your helping people from your phone, that's awesome!!! I appreciate that very much Aura :-)

 

I have a USB thats a SanDisk 32GB?


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:25 PM

It'll work, make sure you back up all the data you have on it elsewhere, since it'll be formatted to put the .iso on it.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html

What's important is to pick the Custom installation method and format the partition on which Windows is currently installed. You can also use YUMI to create the bootable USB, it works better.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

If you need instructions for YUMI let me know but its pretty straightforward if you ask me. Select the USB, the .iso, the installer type is the one with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 in it and you're good to go. Then simply boot from the USB to launch the indtallation process. To boot from the USB, its easier to access the boot menu of your motherboard (using the right key, usually a function one, for it) and selecting the USB there.

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:33 PM

Aura, is this a trial or a complete version? And is this Win7 Ult.?

 

 

 

 

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