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2 Ways to Format /Reformat a Laptop on Windows

Prolonged usage of a laptop gathers certain unwanted and junk elements in the due course of time, which later on create intervene with the system performance, speed and many other virtual aspects of the device. When it comes it laptop and not PC as such, the matte of delicacy cannot be overlooked, as laptops are not literally meant for heavy tasks as experts say, but once you grab a hold of it, you start to use it so recklessly that it ends up collecting junk files, viruses, malwares in no time.

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Various problems might be encountered when your laptop is highly compromised, for instance it will be freeze intermittently in the middle of your work; the loading or transferring of any data from memory section to another will take a lot of time than what is needed normally; the speed will be reduced to an extent that you will be really disgusted to work on it anymore.

On such occasions, formatting the laptop is the only viable solution left to get over the situation. The method might seem to be a bit conventional in regard of technical analogy, but despite being an old fashioned method, it actually works in case of your dire needs, such as this one.

Method #1: Formatting Your Laptop with Installation disc

When you purchase your laptop for the very first time, you are given a small CD/ DVD in addition with many other accessories most of the time. That is basically the installation CD which contains the operating system files to install on your laptop. Now while formatting you will desperately need that CD. In case you have lost it somewhere, then you have to download the files from internet and create a bootable CD with the downloaded contents. Now let’s start with the method here below:

Step 1. When you format your laptop, it causes you to lose a lot of information from your drives. Thus it is necessary to back up those contents in CD/DVD/Flash drive, prior to formatting in real.  

Step 2. In case you don’t have the installation CD, and you don’t have any bootable CD, either containing the OS files, then you must employ a different method to work out the procedure. The different method is all restore partition method.

Step 3. Insert your installation disc. Now it usually opens up the installation option page automatically once inserted to choose an option to install a fresh copy of the operating system. Now if the installation CD does not run it itself, then you must first go to “My Computer”
 option and then right-click on the CD drive to choose “Auto-run” from the drop down menu. This will trigger the system to go back to the installation page.

Step 4. Now provide the required input that is being or shown on the screen one by one. If you move away for a while, the process will be paused until you input any command to proceed it.

Step 5. Now, when the installation is finished, a completely brand new desktop will be presented before you, which clearly indicates that the data has been wiped out and the laptop has been formatted.

If this method does not seem to pitch in with your situation, then the next method lined up ahead will definitely prove to be of use to you.

Method #2: Format A Laptop with Restoration Partition

Previously in the last method, we mentioned an alternate method, known as restoration partition, which is the main criterion in this section of method. While manufacturing, the manufacturer create a separate partition in the memory of your device, which already contains the necessary files to re-install your computer. Thus you don’t need any installation disc to serve you the purpose, when you have the access to the restoration partition. Study the steps shown below to actuate the method:

Step 1. As the first line of action, you need to restart your computer. When the system is rebooting, keep on pressing key F10 incessantly from the keyboard. This will ultimately redirect you to the partition interface which offers you options to restore or repair.

Step 2. Choose any particular option for formatting. The restore partition will automatically run the program to first format, and then to reload the OS. After the formatting is done, install drivers and softwares that initially came with your laptop to make it operational once again.

Step 3. The process usually takes around 30 minutes to complete. During that time you have to be patient, ensuring that there is no hindrance to the process.


Though the article recommends you to format your laptop while being compromised, it is rather beneficial if you format it once in a while even if your system is not damaged heavily. Formatting the disk of your system from time to time helps you to keep the system in perfect shape from inside out. But while formatting your laptop, make sure to create a backup every time to secure the data from being lost in the torrent of formatting.

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