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Agusts

Cleaning up after buying a used notebook

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So if I buy a used Windows 10 Home edition notebook, what is the best way to clean it up and more importantly make sure it has no malware,  virus or dodgy programs...

 

My main concern would be a low level key-logger that sends back all my passwords to it's creator via the internet ! Is there an easy way to check if any illegal ET calling home that shouldn't be... ? lol

 

Would a free Avast or AVG virus scan + maybe free MalwareByte scan be sufficient...? How about a win 10 reset etc. ? Though I don't want to remove any driver or program came with it originally...

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1 hour ago, shady86 said:

Just use the windows 10 reset feature. It works like charm.

Or go old school and format and do a complete re-install with DVD/USB thumb.

 

Regardless of whatever method you choose, to be sure of a safe system, get rid of everything software related that came with a used computer

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Or the laptops factory reset partition.

Google which key to press on startup, for the particular model number, to bring up reinstall menu. Usually a function, fn key.

 

If partition doesn't exist then try as above posters say.

 

 

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Well, I have to see if re-install partition is there,  but I doubt I get windows 10 product key with the sale, and not sure if that re-install requires it, although most notebooks are OEM with operating system, it maybe built-in,  so using a re-install partition may not need product key, but a full format and re-install from USB would want it (no DVD on these small ones).

 

This is all a bit risky though,  might just go with Win 10 reset and delete all files and apps etc... 

 

Unless something dodgy is put on MBR or root sector, then it's hard to detect. Any free tool that check and detects those...!? 

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30 minutes ago, Agusts said:

Well, I have to see if re-install partition is there,  but I doubt I get windows 10 product key with the sale, and not sure if that re-install requires it, although most notebooks are OEM with operating system, it maybe built-in,  so using a re-install partition may not need product key, but a full format and re-install from USB would want it (no DVD on these small ones).

If W10 is already installed and activated, the machine will retain the activation. As long as it is the same version of the operating system being installed.

Type "winver" (without the ") into search to see what version is installed and go to Control Panel\System to see if it is activated.

 

If you need to do a fresh install from DVD/USB, the best way to download the correct version is to use the W10 Media Creation Tool and download to your machine before formatting. You can install straight from here or create a bootable USB drive to install later. If installing straight away, select the option to 'keep nothing'. Link for the creation tool is:

 

https://www.microsoft.com/th-th/software-download/windows10 

 

Using this method you definitely won't need a product key. 

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47 minutes ago, Agusts said:

so using a re-install partition may not need product key, but

Certainly not needed.

By far the best and easiest way to get the computer back to the way it was out of box.

Fresh windows, drivers installed, old stuff gone. And legit with key preinstalled.

Nothing to lose, check the model number and key press needed.

 

Then if not successful use the other more difficult and time consuming methods.

 

 

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Better still, download and install the 'registered' Windows 7 which is still easily available... then go to the Microsoft site and upgrade to Windows 10 PRO  for free. Completely legit and the shady guys at Redmond don't mind a bit!

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4 hours ago, killerbeez said:

Better still, download and install the 'registered' Windows 7 which is still easily available... then go to the Microsoft site and upgrade to Windows 10 PRO  for free. Completely legit and the shady guys at Redmond don't mind a bit!

I think the free upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 was for a limited time and no longer available...!?

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15 hours ago, Agusts said:

I think the free upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 was for a limited time and no longer available...!?

It still works. So long as the servers see the Windows 7 Ultimate/Pro/Home version as 'registered' you can easily and legally upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10. You may be thinking of the "Assistive Technologies" version of the free upgrade which has expired and is no longer available.

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Yes, thanks. I also read on the web that you can just enter a valid Windows 7/8/8.1 product key for Windows 10 installation and it accepts it...!

I think Microsoft now makes most of it's money from cooperates and cloud and doesn't care much about us mortals...lol 

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If you are going to run a clean install anyway, use the opportunity to swap the old mechanical hard drive for a solid state drive. You won't regret it.

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11 hours ago, KneeDeep said:

wap the old mechanical hard drive for a solid state drive

Preferably NVMe. Much faster than a regular SATA 6GB SSD drive.
 

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