New computers: I still recommend a fresh install of Windows

Many laptops under $1000 are still cutting corners by not including SSDs, which is practically mandatory if you want a computer that belongs in this decade.  For such laptops, it’s an easy call to make – install Windows fresh on a new SSD drive upgrade, and just copy over any data you need, rather than transfer all the unnecessary crud that computer makers include.

Well, even if the computer comes with an SSD, I would still recommend doing a fresh install, when stuff like this happens:

https://support.lenovo.com/ca/en/product_security/len_6718

Lenovo’s hardware is good overall, but mistakes like this can really ruin an otherwise satisfying experience. It’s better to be on the safe side: before you start moving your data over to your new PC, make sure you are starting off on a true clean slate. This guide can help for the more DIY among you:

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/reset-windows-10-pc

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