Hi, I've been tasked with doing something that has suddenly become a bit urgent and I'm kinda busy at the mo, so my apologies to anyone who thinks I should have googled around for the answers a bit more... the various help pages I have just quickly scanned through don't appear to cover my situation.
I have a laptop running Windows 10, which was upgraded for free from Windows 8.1. It has had a load of information stored on it of varying degrees of confidentiality.
I want to securely wipe the hard drive and then re-install Windows 10 afresh, then the laptop is going to be handed over to a grateful recipient who needs one pronto.
Obviously there isn't any installation media (DVD etc) for Windows 10 as it was a free digital download from Microsoft, and if there ever was an install/recovery DVD for Windows 8 then there is no longer.
I understand that the Windows 10 licence is tied to a particular machine via a 'hardware fingerprint' - so will I be able to just go about installing Windows 10 without any product keys etc and it'll just work? I'm not planning on changing the hardware at all.
I am aware of the existence of the Windows 10 'media creation tool'... I'm guessing this is what I need.
For wiping the hard drive I was planning on using the 'Disk Wipe' freeware program.
Thanks very much for any useful pointers!