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I bought a Dell laptop that I find to slow.
I wanted to clean it and return it so I proceeded with the factory reset option. My aim was to remove user account, language packs and return the laptop in the state I got (letting the next owner install the system from scratch).
It took several hour and there was no point at which I could suspend the process. Further more the installation picked up the previously installed languages
Is there a way to achieve my goal? The Dell came as windows 8.1 upgradable to Windows 10 with no installation CDs.
thanks

  • You can either download a Windows 8.1 ISO and simply not complete the setup and this will get you to the standard "Out of the Box" experience. You can also use the "Reset this PC" feature within the Settings UWP application and "Choose to keep nothing" You can also "Fresh Start" which will reinstall Windows 10. Fresh Start can be found in Windows Defender Security Center. There is no user in the default factory state and but based on what you describe you have no users. Honestly I would just delete the partitions, then install the current version of Windows 10 (1709) and call it a day. – Ramhound Oct 28 '17 at 17:14
  • This cannot be solved without either logging in and using the features within Windows or reinstalling Windows 10/8.1. ISOs can be downloaded for free directly from Microsoft. However, your question is currently "too broad" to answer because I am not sure what feature you actually want to use. You need to narrow down and tell us precisely what you want to do. – Ramhound Oct 28 '17 at 17:15
  • I want to return it and let the new owner install the system himself. Because of this I don't think I can download an ISO and install the system from it as it will require some licence code later. I thought I removed other languages I had installed but the bundles were still picked up during the new set up and they were available as an option to continue the set up in the other language. Is there a safe point at which I can just turn off the machine and let another person finish the install? – user682217 Oct 29 '17 at 14:53
  • “as it will require some licence code later.” I see you failed to read my comment completely and/or any of my answers on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 because if you had you would know this wouldn’t be a problem. Since you still have not clarified your question I still cannot answer it. – Ramhound Oct 29 '17 at 17:52
  • I did read your comment. In the fist part you are taking too many shortcut and regarding the second - the fact an iso can be downloaded for free doesn't mean that the installation and usage is for free. Last time I had to deal with Windows was in the times of Vista. UX hasn't changed since then. I discovered that I can remove languages with lpksetup. The "settings" seem to only hide it. – user682217 Oct 30 '17 at 21:18

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