Wipe Surface Pro 3 Before Selling

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  1. MDS

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    I'm selling my Surface Pro 3. My situation is I've upgraded it to Windows 10 while subscribing to the technical preview. I did make a recovery drive on a USB before upgrading from Windows 8.1. I am wanting to keep Windows 10 before selling.

    If I go to All Settings - Update and Security - Recovery - Reset this PC and select the option to Remove Everything (personal files/apps/setting) will this make it ready for selling without leaving my information on the computer?

    If it's important to know, I do have a Recovery directory on the computer.

    Any advise on the process would be appreciated.
     
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    When you do the Reset which does remove everything, but there's an additional security option to do a secure erase of the drive. If you do that it will take a while... :)
     
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    Assume the "additional security option" will appear after the process is started after I select the option to Remove Everything?
     
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    I don't recall exactly where it is but it was a check box or something like that on one of the screens.
     
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    I spent to0 long trying, and finally realized, "you can't get there from here"- or at least, I couldn't- so I went to the Microsoft Store and had them do it. Frankly, it bugged me. You should be able to wipe your system a lot easier than that... The glass half full perspective is that it was nice to be able to take it into a MS store and have them do it for me. :)
     
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    Which brings another thought to mind: once you've reset your device to pass it on to someone else, does this automatically de-register the device with your Microsoft account and also Office? Or is this something one must attend to manually?
     
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    Manual. You must do it or the new buyer wont be able to register.
     
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    Thanks!
     

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