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Windows 7: How do I completely wipe a computer?

25 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
How do I completely wipe a computer?

Hey, so I'm currently in the process of selling my computer and I want to delete everything from it, however I do no have the Windows CD which came with it as I received the computer as a gift a few years ago. I understand that you can download a licensed program on the windows website which replaces the need for a CD but I do not understand the process you must follow.

If someone could be as kind as to walk me through the steps of completely wiping the computer I'd be forever grateful.

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25 Jan 2014   #2

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Win 10 Pro x64

Welcome to the forum,

I think these tutorials will explain everything you need,

Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

You will need to be able to read the COA sticker on your computer,

Links for official installation media is in the second tutorial.
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