— Rudy Ooms | MVP 🇳🇱 (@Mister_MDM) February 20, 2022
Erasing Windows 11 and 10 data may not be as easy as expected for OneDrive users
If you plan to wipe your Windows PC using the built-in options for device reset operations, be aware that you may need to go further to really clean your system. It turns out that Windows’ own tools may not be enough to properly clean a device.
As reported by Rudy Ooms, the problem in question can be solved with a PowerShell script (via Tom’s Hardware). Still, be on the lookout for the core problem if you use OneDrive and plan to try wiping your PC anytime soon.
Whether attempting a local or remote wipe of Windows 11 or Windows 10 version 21H2, Ooms has found that some personal data may be left on the PC in a capacity where it is still accessible. , with the right tools and know-how. To illustrate this, he pointed to the Windows.old folder, which retained the information even after performing a proper wipe.
Here’s the catch: In an update to its initial report, Ooms clarified that “this issue only occurs when using OneDrive,” meaning those who don’t have OneDrive can have the smooth experience that Windows built-in erasing tools are supposed to offer. Although if you use OneDrive, check out Ooms’ post for a PowerShell script that will help you completely reset your device.
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