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I want to wipe my laptop clean

By GNS1310
Dec 12, 2012
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  1. I might have it sold and I'd like to clean it up. Get all the crap off it. Even if I don't wind up selling it, I think it'll run much much better with all the clutter gone.
    I have a Toshiba Satellite A660D-ST2G02 that's loaded with all sorts of stuff I never use. I'd like to know which drivers I absolutely need and no more. Going to download them to a disk and go from there. I did this awhile ago with my old laptop but I'm a big foggy on the complete process.
    I'm getting the basics for the laptop as I'm not on it nearly as much as the desktop.
    Drivers
    Avast
    CCleaner
    Chrome
    couple of poker rooms
    other suggestions?
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,286   +49

    Good dose of DBAN should do as a good wipe (completely wipe that is). In addition, you need to make sure all OEM drivers are installed on the system. What you don't need is anything labeled "Application". Most of the time, the basic hardware drivers are what's needed from either the OEM disc or manufacturer's website. ;)
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    First
    1. delete all user logins other than your personal (which empties \Documents & Settings\* or \Users\* excepting only yours)
    2. uninstall applications (CP->Programs) that are just junk, but leave MS software alone
    3. you can delete \Documents & Settings\{your login}\My Documents\*
    4. using the Administrator Login, run cleanmgr
    If you login as Administrator, you can also delete your login

    Your system is now RELATIVELY Empty but fully functional and bootable.
     
    DragonMaster Jay likes this.


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