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Can I restore to factory defaults but keep Windows 10?

I have an Acer Aspire One D257 that I bought used; someone had upgraded it to Windows 10 (the sticker on the bottom indicates it shipped with Windows 7). I’d like to wipe the machine and reset it to factory settings, but I wonder if there’s a way to do this but still have Windows 10. I assume the restore image is Windows 7, and the “free” upgrade period for Win10 is over.

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As far as I know the free upgrade is still happening, unofficially, but neverthe less still good.

But you can don’t need to do a Windows 7 restore just do a Reset this PC from the Windows 10 Settings menu Update & Security.

First get the Windows 10 install media creation tool, which is insurance and always good to have on hand, and make the USB stick:


then go into settings menu to Update & Security (at the boottom), click on it then click on Recovery and finally Reset this PC and Get started. You will have a choice of “Keep my files” or “Remove everything”. Take your pick.

With this method no worries with Activation.

If you need more details read this:


thanks to Guy McDowell

It also shows how to do a Reinstall.

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Thanks, this looks like the information I needed.


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Unless you know the previous owner personally and they can vouch for the install being recoverable, erase the machine and start over. You just do not know unless they can say “We did this. It’s not an issue to erase the machine and not make a boot drive.” AND they don’t download who knows what online. Even then it’s better to be safe then sorry. Personally I would rather erase the drive and if you really needed it done, get you to the setup screen and turn the computer off. I may opt to not include a drive - especially if I “abandoned” it as a unfinished project because I got a deal on something better.

For all you know it has malware that will survive the Windows factory reset procedure - nuke it and start over with a clean slate.

For sale purposes, nuke and sell No OS (Win10 ready) or wipe it to the point you get to the initial setup after install.

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I've been using it for a few years; I wanted to reset it before selling it. But if resetting it puts it back to Windows 7, it might be worth less to a buyer.


@geoferrari Best thing to do is write a USB drive with a ISO, wipe the drive out entirely and have it at the new PC setup screen so they know it's done.


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