We've outlined the steps we recommend you take below.
- Delete and overwrite sensitive files.
- Turn on drive encryption.
- Deauthorize your computer.
- Delete your browsing history.
- Uninstall your programs.
- Consult your employer about data disposal policies.
- Wipe your hard drive.
- Or physically damage your hard drive.
How do I dispose of a Lipo battery?
LiPo Disposal. When disposing LiPo battery, the goal is to discharge them completely down to 0 volt, then cut the discharge lead and twist voltage and ground wires together to ensure there is no charge left in the pack. Finally bring the discharged battery to your local battery recycling facility.
- Press the Windows key plus the "C" key to open the Charms menu.
- Select the Search option and type reinstall in the Search text field (do not press Enter).
- Select the Settings option.
- On the left side of the screen, select Remove everything and reinstall Windows.
- On the "Reset your PC" screen, click Next.
How to Recycle Computers. Plus, the inside of your computer contains valuable metals like gold, silver and platinum that can be recovered and reused. The easiest way to make sure your computer is properly recycled is to take it to a local retailer with a computer recycling program.
Here's a step-by-step guide for taking action.
- Step 1: Enter Safe Mode. Before you do anything, you need to disconnect your PC from the internet, and don't use it until you're ready to clean your PC.
- Step 2: Delete temporary files.
- Step 3: Download malware scanners.
- Step 4: Run a scan with Malwarebytes.
Follow the steps in this section to remove the hard drive.
- Remove the battery.
- Remove the service door.
- Remove the two Phillips head screws that secure the hard drive to the computer.
- Slide the hard disk drive back.
- Use the black tab on the hard disk drive adapter cable to disconnect the cable from its connector.
Recycle your old laptop. According to the EPA "recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year." Plus, discarded electronics harm the land, water and air. Recycling is simple.
Windows 10 has a built-in method for wiping your PC and restoring it to an 'as new' state. You can choose to preserve just your personal files or to erase everything, depending on what you need. Go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Recovery, click Get started and select the appropriate option.
To access it, follow these instructions:
- Boot the computer.
- Press F8 and hold until your system boots into Windows Advanced Boot Options.
- Select Repair Cour Computer.
- Select a keyboard layout.
- Click Next.
- Login as an administrative user.
- Click OK.
- At the System Recovery Options window, select Startup Repair.
To reset your PC
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
- Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
- Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, tap or click Get started.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
Here's how to reset your PC in Windows 10.
- Navigate to Settings.
- Select "Update & security"
- Click Recovery in the left pane.
- Click Get started under Reset this PC.
- Click either "Keep my files" or "Remove everything," depending on whether you want to keep your data files intact.
Turn off the computer. Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station. Disconnect all external connected peripheral devices such as USB storage devices, external displays, and printers. For most laptops, press and hold the Power button for 15 seconds to reset.
To restore to an earlier point, follow these steps.
- Save all your files.
- From the Start button menu, choose All Programs→Accessories→System Tools→System Restore.
- In Windows Vista, click the Continue button or type the administrator's password.
- Click the Next button.
- Choose the proper restore date.
System Restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that allows the user to revert their computer's state (including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to that of a previous point in time, which can be used to recover from system malfunctions or other problems.
Follow these steps:
- Restart your computer.
- Press F8 before the Windows 7 logo appears.
- At the Advanced Boot Options menu, select the Repair your computer option.
- Press Enter.
- System Recovery Options should now be available.
System Restore will then usually be successful.
- Open Advanced start-up. Go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Recovery and click Restart now below Advanced start-up.
- Start System Restore in Safe Mode. Windows will then restart and display a Choose an option menu.
To use the Restore Point that you have created, or any one on the list, click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools. Select "System Restore" from the menu: Select "Restore my computer to an earlier time", and then click Next at the bottom of the screen.
For Seniors: How to Set the Date and Time on Your Computer
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard to display the taskbar if it isn't visible.
- Right-click the Date/Time display on the taskbar and then choose Adjust Date/Time from the shortcut menu.
- Click the Change Date and Time button.
- Enter a new time in the Time field.
System Restore is a software program available in all versions of Windows 10 and Windows 8. System Restore automatically creates restore points, a memory of the system files and settings on the computer at a particular point in time. Your personal files and documents are not affected.