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Windows 7: Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

14 Jan 2015   #30
cripple10

Win 8 Ent 64 bit
 
 

Cool, thanks Kari. So my plan is to sysprep /audit /reboot , delete the user account I created then OOHE without generalize as this will be the PC the image stays on and I want all drivers kept. I should then be good with only the account that the user creates on the next boot? I'm basically trying to avoid reinstalling windows again.


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14 Jan 2015   #31
Kari

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Yes. When you have deleted all existing users in Audit Mode, check that the Users folder only has three first level subfolders, Administrator, Public and Default (hidden folder). I mean, if a user folder exists other than those three after you have deleted other users, manually delete the folders belonging to those deleted users.

Next, sysprep with /generalize, /oobe and /shutdown switches. When computer shuts down, you are done. Next time it will be booted it will go through the OOBE / Welcome phase and let the new owner create the initial user account, which as already mentioned will automatically be an admin account.

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14 Jan 2015   #32
cripple10

Win 8 Ent 64 bit
 
 

Excellent, all done and tested.

Thanks so much for your help Kari. It's people like you that make forums so helpful.

Cheers
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14 Jan 2015   #33
Kari

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You are welcome .
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18 Jun 2015   #34
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Thanks Kari I often wondered how the pre built stuff was set up
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18 Jun 2015   #35
Kari

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You are welcome John .

This is one way. It gives a "virgin" computer with absolutely no traces of its earlier life.
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18 Jun 2015   #36
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes mate I just wanted to be sure any trace of 7 will be gone for the 10 install - when I can get my head around it.
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24 Feb 2016   #37
razy60

windows 7 64 bit and dual boot Pinguyos
 
 

Hi I know this is an older thread but quick question, can I use this method to install 7 then upgrade to 10 so that when I sell it the pc has win10 on?
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24 Feb 2016   #38
z3r010

 

If you're doing it to ultimately install Windows 10 then this might be a better option for you - Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums
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24 Feb 2016   #39
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by razy60 View Post
Hi I know this is an older thread but quick question, can I use this method to install 7 then upgrade to 10 so that when I sell it the pc has win10 on?
You don't need to install Windows 7 first.

If you want to give or sell your old PC with Windows 10 and some preinstalled software, then use this method as told in the tutorial. Clean install Windows 10 as @z3r010 told above, then follow the steps told in this tutorial to prepare your PC to be given away or sold.

If you want to give or sell your PC as "new", just Windows 10 installed without any preinstalled software and user accounts, this method will be unnecessary. You can simply reset the PC after the 10 is installed. Reseting Windows 10 removes all user accounts and personal data, leaving Windows 10 as if it was a brand new installation without any user accounts. The next time the PC will be started it starts as if it was the first time ever it was booted.

Reset Windows 10: Reset Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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