Formatting your computer routinely can speed up the PC or it can remove data prior to selling the computer. Whatever the reason, formatting a computer removes the information from desktop’s hard drive and reinstalls the operating system. Formatting your computer restores the desktop a state that is like new. However, this should be a last resort to restore your computer since it wipes out all the information on the hard drive. Knowing how to format a computer yourself can save you money rather than hiring someone else.
Copy any information or files that you wish to keep on a blank disc, flash drive, or external hard drive. You will lose this data in the formatting process if you do not back it up.
Slide your Windows installation disc into the drive. Reboot the desktop and when instructed by the onscreen prompts, press any key to continue.
Follow the instructions that pop up on the screen. This should include accepting the Windows licensing agreement.
Click on the drive or partition that you want to format. A list of drives and partitions will appear on the screen. Continue to follow any on-screen prompts to finish the formatting procedure.
- Formatting your PC at least twice per year can keep it running more efficiently and quicker.
- Many desktop computers are provided with a pair of recovery discs. These are used in the same way an installation disc is.
- Do not turn off the computers during the Windows installation procedure or it could harm the computer.