another computer question, need to restore to original

Lea Grabb

I have gotten my old HP PC which has Windows 7 on it. I would like to do a full restore and give it to someone that needs one. It has a lot of life left in it and I would really like the space that it is taking up! I have tried the F8 button, but nothing is happening. This PC crashed originally within a couple of years of purchasing it. I took "it" and all my CD's and back up stuff to a computer repair man, who did not do a thing with what I had, but just restored it I believe and re-installed a Windows program. He didn't give me a CD or anything, except gave me my stuff back. I lost pretty much everything. I still have that bunch of stuff. Any suggestions on how I can fix this and give it away? THanks.

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Richard (Vero Beach, Florida)

Maybe try hitting F11?

Or maybe there's something in this video...

I think if it were me and I needed to stick with Windows, instead of resetting to a no longer supported OS, I'd try upgrading to Windows 10 for free. Will it activate? I don't know. Maybe. Maybe not. How to get Windows 10 for free

Personally though, being a Linux user, I'd download Linux, write the ISO to USB Flash, boot it up and install Linux.

I use this one but there are many good ones. Linux wouldn't be much good for a gamer but for almost everyone else it would probably be fine. Especially coming on a free computer. :-)

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If this is a “name brand” computer like Dell or HP there’s probably a “recovery” partition on the hard drive. Go to the manufacturer’s support site for instructions on how to access it.

If you have a CD, you can probably boot from that (which may require a change to the BIOS). Follow the instructions. You will need the Windows Product Key to complete the install.

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To get your product key (works on Win 10, haven't tested on Win 7) open a command prompt as Administrator and paste this in:

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

With that saved (for safety) watch some of the videos that show you have to do factory reset, i.e.

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