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Cleaning computer before selling it

I want to sell my laptop and restore its original condition. I'd like to erase all of my data and added programs so when I sell the laptop, it is basically like its original factory-like condition? Is there software that will do this?
Thanks, Chris

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Check this forum.

There is no way to avoid using the restore CDs and even then there could be some rogue information left in a sector that was not overwritten. Is there anything that you can't let others see or use on that PC?


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cleaning laptop

Bob--thanks; nothing really that critical, but it seems I have to re-install the system, as you suggest. I don't think I have the CD to do this, but I've heard I can do it at boot-up using the F12 key. Thanks

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