How to Reformat a Laptop
If your computer has recently been attacked by a virus and you are still feeling the effects despite getting rid of it, you may want to reformat your laptop. Reformatting your laptop involves completely erasing the hard drive and it is the surest and most effective way to clean your computer. The procedure to reformat a laptop is rather simple in today's world. The manufacturer either provides the owner with a copy of the operating system (OS) or they create a restoration partition on the hard drive. Before beginning, however, it is important that you back up all of your information on an external hard drive or CDs and DVDs or else you will lose all of it in the process.
1. Back up your hard drive.
2. Locate your installation or recovery discs.
3. Insert the first disc.
4. Select the option to re-install the operating system.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Reformatting your Laptop with Installation CDs
Back up your hard drive.Reformatting your laptop will cause you to lose all of your information so it is recommended that you back up your hard drive on an external hard drive, CDs, or DVDs if you wish to keep it.
Determine which method of restoration is provided by the manufacturer.If you received a set of installation CDs with your machine, then use this. If you did not, your computer may have a restore partition set up, which means you will need to employ a different method.
Insert the operating system disk into your CD/DVD drive.It normally auto-runs and will open to a menu, or options page. Select the option for installing a fresh copy of the operating system.
- If the CD doesn't run by itself, double click on "My Computer," and then right click on the drive with the OS disk. Click "Auto-Run."
Wait for the CD to proceed automatically.If you are away from the computer for awhile, it will pause at the next point, awaiting any required input from you. Follow the prompts, be patient and avoid the temptation to intervene. This process may take a few minutes.
- If you are reformatting your laptop hard drive, you will accept the default offerings/settings that the installation disc is asking for.
Wait for the installation to complete.When the operating system installation is complete, a completely fresh desktop will appear.
Reformatting a Laptop Using Restoration Partition
Restart your computer.While the machine is rebooting, repeatedly press the F10 key on your keyboard until the machine boots. This will take you into the partition offering you options for repair or restore (reformatting and reloading).
Select the option for installing a fresh system.The beauty of this system is that you don't have to do anything else. The restore partition will completely run the program to format, reload the OS, install drivers and install all of the original software that came with your laptop.
Wait for the reformat to complete.This process will usually take around 30 minutes to complete.
QuestionHow to format my laptop if I have forgotten my log in password?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your laptop is running Windows 8 or higher, on boot, press and hold the F9 key on your keyboard. Eventually you'll enter Advanced Options, and then you can choose to reformat.Thanks!
QuestionI want to backup my laptop before reformatting. Can I do an internal backup or does it have to be external?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt must be external as the system reserved partition is read only after the OS writes to it. Also the system reserved partition is normally clear of a letter path (for example C:).Thanks!
QuestionHow do I fix a black screened laptop?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it's the physical screen, see if your manufacturer can source a new one or send it for repairs. If it's a boot error, you should probably reinstall Windows.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I reformat my laptop if Bootmgr is missing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou will need a Windows Vista or higher installation disc. Insert it into your PC. When the prompt to boot from CD is displayed, press the specified key to do so. Then follow the on-screen prompts.Thanks!
QuestionI want to completely format my laptop, including all the partitions. Does the above procedure work for that or do I have to follow some other procedure?Nathan HermanCommunity AnswerIf you want to format your entire drive, you could get a live CD (such as Ubuntu) and enter the built-in partition manager, such as G-Parted. From there you can delete all your partitions and create a new one. Just make sure you back everything up first.Thanks!
QuestionWhat are some steps I can take to delete a stubborn program on my laptop?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGo to Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall. Click on Uninstall and follow the directions. Make sure you can reinstall it if you want or need to, and that it won't cause your system to become unstable.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I format a Windows computer and install an earlier version of Windows?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFor that you will need either a CD or an iso file of the Windows version you want. If you are using an iso file, then download it and extract it to a usb drive that has been formatted to make it bootable. Then you can format your computer following the above steps. In boot options, select cd or usb drive, depending on whichever one you are using.Thanks!
QuestionWill I need to download the Windows OS after I'm done reformatting, or will it be there already?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn this method you are using the Windows OS that you already have on a CD to reformat the system. During the Windows installation, just select "Default settings" to clear all your initial documents and the reformatting is done.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if Excel and PowerPoint are not working correctly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFirst of all, check the versions of Excel and PowerPoint that you're using. If you're using outdated versions, that could be the problem, so you would need to install the updated versions. If the versions are not out of date, but the programs aren't working, then I would uninstall and reinstall them.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I reformat a computer that was given to me secondhand?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerExactly the same as above. Nothing changes if a computer is given to you used or is one you've had for any amount of time.Thanks!
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- When reformatting your laptop, realize that means the hard drive is going to be wiped out and reloaded with a fresh operating system. Any and all data files that you created will be gone so you should back them up to a different location prior to reformatting. Also, once the process has begun and reached a certain point, you are committed. Changing your mind won't undo the damage and your operating system will be gone.
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