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Windows 7: System Restore-Does it completely wipe everything?

16 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
System Restore-Does it completely wipe everything?

So, I'm planning on selling my PC and I've entered a lot of private information on this computer. I don't want to be a victim of identity theft and I don't want people looking at my documents. I know that just deleting them would be recoverable (since it doesn't delete the data, but it lets it be overridden later), but I'm wondering if preforming a System Restore would take my PC, keep the OS, and strip it bare to factory settings.

Thanks for reading,
-Dave


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16 Nov 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dave,

A System Restore would only take your system back to a point in time that the restore point was created for.

If this is for the HP in your system specs, then you could do a factory system recovery to restore the PC's state back to how it was new out of the box. This would wipe all data on the drive.
Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) | HP® Support
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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16 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks a lot! I'll be doing this soon, and it's good to know that my personal stuff is safe. Once again, thank you very much.
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16 Nov 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. Just be sure to not select to create a backup, if the option is available, when doing the factory system recovery.
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16 Nov 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just be aware that when you do a System Recovery, you will have to reinstall all updates since the time your system came out of the box. This is not a problem, just very time consuming.

And all programs you had previously installed (except those that came with the system) are gone too.
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