Windows 10: Is Windows 10 factory reset after buying a computer a security risk?

Discus and support Is Windows 10 factory reset after buying a computer a security risk? in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; I am about to buy a used pc with installed Windows. Is it a security risk to just do a factory reset from the windows 10 settings or should I rather... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/steht, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. /u/steht Win User

    Is Windows 10 factory reset after buying a computer a security risk?


    I am about to buy a used pc with installed Windows. Is it a security risk to just do a factory reset from the windows 10 settings or should I rather format the ssd and reinstall Windows from a usb drive or something? Is it possible for a malicious seller to tamper the previous installation so that malware stays intact even after the factory reset or does factory reset essentially do the same thing as just installing a fresh copy from a usb drive?

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    /u/steht, Nov 12, 2019
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  2. AndreePin Win User

    Windows 10 factory reset

    Hi Charlie,

    We can see here that you are having issues with doing a factory reset on your Windows 10. There are several factors
    why you get the said error and that's what we are going to figure out. To isolate this concern, may we know the following:

    • Any changes made on the computer prior to this concern?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you tried so far?
    • May we know the reason why you want to perform a factory reset?
    • Did you experience any issues on the computer before you tried performing a factory reset?
     
    AndreePin, Nov 12, 2019
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  3. AsRock Win User
    Is windsows 7 a security risk?

    There is 2 security risks. No one can stop security holes even more so with MS software as it would be more targeted although Linux has got to be going up on that list to now.

    1. Your comp being online
    2. The user
     
    AsRock, Nov 12, 2019
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  4. Is Windows 10 factory reset after buying a computer a security risk?

    Reset to factory settings


    No I love Windows 10.....but my computer was acting strange so I thought I would do a factory reset and put Windows 10 back onto my computer.

    If I do create a bootable Windows 10 would I lose the recover drive information that comes with the computer?

    Could you give me the steps to create a bootable of Windows 10.....I asked HP if there was anyway I could get Windows 10 put on it while they had it and they said no.

    Thank you.
     
    jeanniespc, Nov 12, 2019
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