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How to wipe your laptop 

We're happy to wipe your laptop for you. But if you'd rather do it yourself, follow the instructions below. Remember to back up because once it's gone, it's gone! 

Wiping a laptop running Windows 10. 

Windows 10 includes an easy way to wipe your laptop and return it to how it was when you bought it. 

Go to 'Start', then 'Settings', then 'Update & security', then 'Recovery'. Click 'Get started' and follow the instructions. You want to select 'Reset PC' and then 'Remove Everything'. The video below talks you through the process. Depending on the age of your laptop, you may not have to follow each stage as in the video (such as finding the 'recovery key'). 

Wiping a laptop running Windows 8 

Wiping a laptop running Windows 8 or 8.1 is very similar. Go to 'Settings', then 'Update and Security', then 'Recovery'. Select 'Remove everything' and then 'Remove files and clean the drive'.  

Or follow the instructions in the video below!

Wiping a Chromebook

To wipe your Chromebook, sign out of it. Then press and hold 'Ctrl + Alt + Shift + r' at the same time. Select Restart, and then select 'Powerwash'. Press 'Continue'. 

Wiping an Apple Mac laptop

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If you're having trouble wiping your laptop, just get in touch through the chat function of our website (bottom right hand side of your screen) and we can talk you through it. Thank you again for donating your laptop! 

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