I want to sell my laptop, but I would first like to restore it to factory settings, to remove anything I have added (files, software, bookmarks). Do I just use the restore disks that came with the pc? Will this then include all software that was factory installed, or just the Operating System? Or, is there another way to do this? Thanks!
my Dells:Optiplex 3020 - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Linux MintPrecision M6300 - Windows 10 Pro 64-bitLatitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
If you want to clean install with a secure wipe with DBAN see Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows XP/Vista (depending on what OS it came with):
Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.
Thanks everyone! I reinstalled the XP disk that came with the laptop. I was trying to find out if there was another way, so as NOT to lose all of the drivers. Unfortunately, I had to reinstall ALL of the drivers and updates, also XP sp3, since my disk was sp2. Also, since there was no driver for the internal wifi card, I could not get internet access to get the drivers, so I had to find an external Belkin card which luckily I still have the disk for (good that I had kept it from some years ago!)