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    Prepare Surface Pro for sale

    I have both a Surface Pro (1) and a Surface Pro 3. I have moved everything I want to keep to the SP3, and plan to sell the SP1. I could just run a wipe disk type utility to clear all the old bits, but I want to sell the computer in good working order with just the OS on it, ready for a new owner.

    I have Windows 8.1 Pro media, but since there is no optical drive on the SP1, I wonder what problems I will have reinstalling the OS after the disk wipe.

    Any suggestions?

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    Remove all the data and programs you need to remove on the tablet, then wipe the free space.
    CCleaner Portable on a USB stick should also do the job of wiping free space.

    Reset your Surface Pro (Solution 3 in the article)
    There should be no need to completely format the entire tablet's drive, a hard reset will do just fine.
    You can also wipe the free space after the reset has been done as well as before. (I would do it before and after)
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    Thumbs up Solved!

    That's the kind of article I was hoping to find. Thanks, Clint!

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    But while running ccleaner, use it to kill any remaining temp, log files any system restore files, caches.

    Then either wipe the free space or defrag (using Win8 utility) and then wipe the free space.

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    Thanks for your suggestions! I'm confident I cleared everything, and sold the computer to a friend yesterday.

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