Clearing a laptop to donate

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Okki Fri 08-Jan-21 10:23:47

I am not remotely technical. I have a laptop that I'd like to donate to a school for use in homeschooling.

Is it possible for me to clear it completely so it's safe? I have a feeling it's not as simple as restore to factory settings like with an iPhone. Or is it?

Thanks.

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movingonup20 Fri 08-Jan-21 10:27:39

Firstly remove anything you want to keep, then you can format the hard disk. Might be worth calling the local school as I suspect they will have an it tech person who can properly talk you through the best way for them.

Okki Fri 08-Jan-21 10:30:28

Would that keep the operating system and whatever programs originally came on the laptop? I will speak to a tech person but wanted to have a vague idea of what they'd be talking about grin

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GingerFigs Fri 08-Jan-21 10:32:32

Not helpful at all but I wonder this too!! I have an old laptop which needs to go in the bin (ancient, slow and would be no use to anyone) but I worry about clearing it properly. So instead it lounges behind my sofa!!

GloGirl Fri 08-Jan-21 10:34:27

Thank you so much flowers it will really help

computing.which.co.uk/hc/en-gb/articles/208270025-How-to-factory-reset-a-computer

Okki Fri 08-Jan-21 10:46:14

@GloGirl thanks for that. An article I understood 😁.

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