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Not enough space to set computer to factory, and I physically cant clear up any more space

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December 6, 2018 2:42:26 PM

Okay, so I have this literal piece of crap laptop my Fiance is trying to sell. In order to sell it, it needs to be factory reset. The laptop is an Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 AO1-431. Its literally the cheapest laptop you can buy at a Walmart/Tesco. This laptop only comes with 30 gigs of storage. Now the issue isnt with me, I know how to set a computer to factory, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to clear off enough space to set this dammned laptop to factory. I have uninstalled literally everything that I possibly could, I have done disk cleanup. There's literally nothing else on the computer except for what would come out of the box. This harddrive only has 2.13 gigs out of 29 gigs available and I need another 3.5 gigs to set it to factory. I've been trying to figure this out for the last 6 hours and I'm about to give up. Is there any way I can set this damned thing to factory? Theres physically nothing else I can see that I can uninstall/delete off the computer before I start deleting essential files for the computer. Im trying to avoid having to buy an external HD/SSD just to set this bloody thing to factory. Could anyone help me out with pointers?

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a c 1247 D Laptop
December 6, 2018 3:15:03 PM

What OS is it?
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December 6, 2018 3:20:15 PM

Do you still happen to have any disks or documentation that came with the laptop? It might have a "reinstall" utility or something on the disk.

You could also download the windows media creation tool and do a fresh Windows install (it gives you the option to overwrite existing data).
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December 6, 2018 3:36:43 PM

It is windows 10
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December 6, 2018 3:40:59 PM

I fixed it. I deleted the SoftwareDistribution folder and cleared up just enough space.
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a c 1247 D Laptop
December 6, 2018 3:41:07 PM

x-mariacaso-x said:
It is windows 10


No problem then.
From a different PC, create a USB Win 10 install.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windo...

Boot from that, and do a full wipe and reinstall.
How to do a CLEAN installation of Windows 10
Section II, Step 6 & 7 speak to deleting all existing partitions.

After the OS is installed, you can install any device specific drivers. Touchpad, for instance.


Yes, this works.
I have a Asus Transformer with a similar size little eMMC drive.
Just to a full wipe and reinstall.
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15 minutes ago

Never mind, Im on 'resetting your pc' but its been stuck at 1% for 45 minutes
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x-mariacaso-x said:
USAFret, can it be done on a 2 gig flash drive?


No. You need an 8GB.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windo...

"A blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space or blank DVD (and DVD burner) if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted. "
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