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I bought a used laptop and I want to keep the os and make sure it doesn't have viruses, trojans, etc. Need a step by step guide please.

slowdive21 2,144 801 December 17, 2015 at 10:21 AM
I bought a Toshiba Satellite L305 s5908 at a garage sale for $3.

It has windows installed with a sticker, but there are no recovery discs.

What do I do if I want to basically start with just the OS? Embarrassment

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Does it have a recovery partition?
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Does it have a recovery partition?
It only shows a C drive (local) and the DVD drive under my computer. It looks like the person was using it as a PS3 media server according to some of the recent menus.


EDIT: It is windows 7 if that helps.
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Will this work?

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/do...nload-tool

Could I download this thing on my other computer and use it on the old one?
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Try looking through the applications to see if the recovery disc creator is there, otherwise I'd see if there's an option in the boot menu to do system recovery.
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ok thanks!
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You can see if there is a recovery partition under Disk Management. It won't show in My Computer.
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You can probably upgrade to windows 10 doing a clean install in the process.
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hmm. windows 10 would be nice. So basically I should write down my windows key? It shows windows is "activated". I have "windows 7 ultimate". Should I do some type of antivirus sweep first before I connect it to my network? Or connect it to my network, then download malwarebytes and some other stuff sweep it, then do the upgrade?
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No need to, if your doing a clean install, I presume you can download win 10 on another computer.
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$3!!!

That is an astonishing deal.
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I talked to a friend and he said hook it up to the router and download the updates and see if it prompts me for the windows 10 upgrade, so that is what I am doing at the moment. Everyone was repped for the help and I will update with my results!
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I talked to a friend and he said hook it up to the router and download the updates and see if it prompts me for the windows 10 upgrade, so that is what I am doing at the moment. Everyone was repped for the help and I will update with my results!
I'd probably choose the media creation tool over what windows update offers you, then you can do a clean install easily.

Scroll down to the "For Windows 7/8 machines" section
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/clean-...indows-10/
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I talked to a friend and he said hook it up to the router and download the updates and see if it prompts me for the windows 10 upgrade, so that is what I am doing at the moment. Everyone was repped for the help and I will update with my results!
If it doesn't ask you whether you want to do a clean install or simply upgrade during the install process, once you're in windows 10, there is something to the effect of a 'factory reset' button.

Quote from http://www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-clean-install-windows-10/ :
To reset your Windows 10 PC, open the Settings app, select Update & security, select Recovery, and click the "Get started" button under Reset this PC. Select "Remove everything." This will wipe all your files, so be sure you have backups.
also apparently there's something called "refresh" your PC - don't do that one, it doesn't erase everything. you want to make sure you do reset.
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I'd probably choose the media creation tool over what windows update offers you, then you can do a clean install easily.

Scroll down to the "For Windows 7/8 machines" section
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/clean-...indows-10/
I read the comments and it looks like a lot of people messed up their system this way. I'm hoping I will get the prompt, then do the clean install.

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If it doesn't ask you whether you want to do a clean install or simply upgrade during the install process, once you're in windows 10, there is something to the effect of a 'factory reset' button.

also apparently there's something called "refresh" your PC - don't do that one, it doesn't erase everything. you want to make sure you do reset.
Thanks, yeah I've been reading through all this stuff and it seems like the best route is to go through their prompt, then do the 10 upgrade with the clean install. I noticed there is a way to wipe it again once you have the 10 os running.

I've done the first set of updates, but I am download the rest of the basic stuff now. Hopefully the windows 10 option will come up after the restart.
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