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lilaco

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using xp.................not sure i'm in the right forum.
selling my laptop and want to bring the computer back to original manufacturers defaults getting rid of everything i've installed after purchase.
what do you recommend that's fast & simple???


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lilaco

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thanks for the reply.
problem...........do not have my original discs and my restore disk.
how do i do what you are suggesting??

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lilaco

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thanks for the reply
went to microsoft site................i can download restore disk only on floppy.
dinosaurs only have floppies.
any idea as to how to do it with cd????

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You can't download Windows legally anywhere. The "restore disk" you're talking about is simply a boot disk. It's not a full operating system.
 

lilaco

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thanks for the replies.
this is a toshiba satellite laptop.
have gone on the toshiba site, as well, ....nothing.
all i want to do is clean out all my personal stuff and junk and leave no trace behind for the new buyer..
any other suggestions???

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A drive wiping program will not do what you're looking for. There is no way to return a system to factory defaults other than to use the restore disks or restore partition. A wiping program will delete everything including the operating system, programs, and data.
 
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I understand that> its a alternate. #1 buy a disc and format#2 wipe the drive #3 remove the drive and put in new. #4 remove the drive and explain there is a drive needed.
 
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Buy a set of recovery discs from Toshiba, and reinstall to original configuration. Since you intend to sell the machine having a set of recovery discs to go with the machine makes it more desirable for prospective purchasers.
 
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