4 Things to Do Before Selling Your Windows PC or Laptop

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Selling a used PC is no mean feat. Although you should ensure that none of your personal information is passed on, you are also aiming for the best deal possible. Thus, it is essential not to let anything slip through your fingers.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you sell your old PC with confidence and get a fair price for it.

1. Back up your computer

As you will need to remove your personal data from your computer before the sale, you must first create a backup of your files which you can restore to your new device. Do not rely on local backups as we will need to factory reset your Windows PC; this will erase any local saves you may have.

So, if you have backed up your data on the same drive where Windows is installed, you should move the backup to the cloud or an external drive.

Follow the steps below to properly back up files to an external device:

  1. Navigate to the Settings by right clicking on Windows Begin button.
  2. Click on Update and security.
  3. In the left sidebar, select Backup.
  4. Below Back up using File Historyclick on Add a drive.
  5. Select the external drive where you want to store the backup.

Following the above steps will reveal a new option, Automatically back up my fileswhich will be activated immediately.

After that click on More optionsmake sure the Back up these folders list contains the folders you want to back up, then click Back up now.

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Depending on how much data you have on your hard drive, the process may take some time. Don’t panic if you don’t see a progress bar, as you’re unlikely to find it in most cases. If you hear the external drive spinning, it indicates that your files are being backed up.

After the same Back up now appears again, it confirms that your data has been backed up, so you can proceed to factory reset your Windows computer.

2. Factory reset your Windows PC

A factory reset restores your computer to its original state by erasing all data from your hard drives. Since you don’t want the new owner to be able to access the data stored on your drives, it’s best to reset the device to erase everything.


You can reset your Windows PC or laptop by following the steps below:

  1. Right-click on Windows Begin button and select Settings.
  2. Go to Update and security.
  3. In the left sidebar, select the Recovery menu.
  4. Below Reset this PC option, click Begin.
  5. Select Delete everything erase all your data, including your personal files. (If you want to keep your personal files, select the first option, Keep my filesin the Reset this PC window, but it is not recommended)
  6. Choose the second option, Delete files and clean the drivein the next window.

Either the reset process will begin or Windows will give you a final warning about what will be deleted during the reset, depending on the options you selected. When you are ready, click the Reset button to start the process.

Also, depending on the type of drive you have and other computer specifications, a proper reset may take several hours. Therefore, you can make yourself a cup of coffee while your PC resets.

Once the reset is complete, your computer will be like new. You can let the buyer know that the device has been factory reset, so they can set it up themselves.

3. Check if a component needs to be replaced

High-performance, trouble-free computers are not only easy to sell, but they also command a high price. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that none of the components of your Windows PC need to be replaced before putting it up for sale.

If this is not done first, the buyer may discover that the hard drive, RAM or similar component is about to fail; he may end up breaking the deal, which will cause you more embarrassment.

We have a detailed guide on the tests you should perform on a used PC before buying it; you can perform the tests as a seller to make sure nothing needs to be replaced.

If a component is found to be faulty, don’t worry about the added replacement cost; considering the embarrassment it would cause, it is worth carrying the extra burden in advance.

Once you’ve backed up your files, reset your computer, and made sure that none of the components need replacing, you’re ready to sell your device. But if you want a reasonable price, make your laptop stand out by giving it a new look.

4. Give your laptop a new look

No matter how rugged your hardware, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look good. An unattractive PC or laptop would be a tough sell, and you would have to work a lot harder to earn the buyer’s trust.

The bottom line is that if your laptop is covered from top to bottom in dirt and dust, your laptop’s ports are clogged with debris, the screen is covered in smudges, dust is clogging your speaker’s voice- speaker and the case is scratched all over, it’s time to give it a new look.

You will probably find hundreds of DIY laptop cleaning videos; you can also check out our in-depth guide covering different cleaning tips to get your laptop looking like new. Make sure you spend time cleaning the laptop, so you can sell it in a short time for a good price.

Choose the right market to sell your used Windows PC or laptop

By following the steps above, you should be able to hand over your used laptop to the new owner with confidence. Also, while updating its appearance increases your chances of getting a better deal, it’s just as important to pick the right bargain when selling your laptop.

The marketplace should offer a secure way to list and sell your product, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal. Selling your laptop on eBay is one of the best options, but before that, use eBay’s pricing tools to determine the right price. Otherwise, you risk getting scammed.


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