How to completely erase personal stuff from a computer, without formatting and reinstalling Windows?

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DMKAlex
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Re: How to completely erase personal stuff from a computer

XiaoDeer wrote:

DMKAlex wrote:

How to completely erase personal stuff from a computer, without formatting and reinstalling Windows? Windows 10.

There is no method that I would trust. Windows create two many caches all over the system drive. No way to be sure they're all gone.

Use the Windows Media Create Tool to create a bootable DVD or thumb. Than zap the drive completely -- I normally use DBAN. Then do a basic Win 10 install from the media your created. It doesn't take long at all.

Pretty straight forward and you'll know it's done right.

My computer was originally Windows 8 and upgraded to Windows 10.

So I can create a bootable media (USB) and format the disk and boot from the USB. Then I can go on Microsoft to download the Windows 10 OS. Do I use the sticker on the back of my laptop as the key?

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