How to Format your Laptop/Computer

How do you format your laptop? One question in the mind of most laptop users.

These days, the rate at which people use technology-related devices has increased. Ranging from smartphones, cameras, laptops and more. And these things are bound to spoil or experience technical issues. It is very normal. When it comes to laptops, many do not know how to fix issues in their laptop by themselves. They either abandon it or sell it out just because of a minor issue that is fixable.

Sometimes, the only remedy to your laptop issues is to format it. To format your system, you do not necessarily need a computer expert to that for you. Technology didn’t just provide better gadgets but also ways to handle them is issues arise. Formatting your system isn’t a big deal as you can do it by yourself from the comfort of your home.

You can format your laptop if it was attacked by virus. It’s the easiest way to save yourself from unnecessary stress. You can also format your laptop if it is running slow or encountering serious issues. However, before you format your laptop, endeavor to backup your files. We will briefly explain ways to format your laptop if it is running on Windows 10,8, or 7 without loosing your files.

Format your laptop

Also, you need to ascertain why you want to format your system. This will give you as knowledge of what you are up against.


Formatting or re-formatting a laptop restores the operating system to its factory state. It is usually a difficult decision to make as you will lose all of your information on the computer.

Irrespective of that, some reasons just make it inevitable if you want to optimize the safety and function of your computer.

Below are some reasons why you need to format your laptop.

  • Booting Issues: When your laptop is having issues with booting properly or displays just the blue/black screen. And sometimes, it stops at the DOS screen, you can format your laptop at this point.
  • Virus Attack: If your computer is infected by virus or malware, formatting is a good choice to protect your data security.
  • Operating System Upgrade: If your laptop is running an outdated system, you may want to format and upgrade it to Windows 10.
  • Optimize Performance: Sometimes you’ll have to repartition your laptop’s disk and make them reasonable.
  • Speed Up Computer: When your laptop is running slowly due to issues like outdated operating system, lots of junk data and other compatibility issues. Then, you can format your laptop to get it to perform better again.


If your issue is any of the category above or for some other reason you want to format or reformat your laptop running on Windows 10/8/7, you can follow the methods below carefully.

Format Laptop/Computer using Windows Installation CDs

It is very easy to format a laptop using Windows installation CDs which is available to most users. However, you need to ensure that you have all the software required to restore your computer. If your computer does not have a CD driver, you can skip to other options to format it.

  1. To begin this process, you’d better back up all your data on another storage device such as external hard drive, CDs or DVDs.
  2. Choose a restoration method. You can use the installation CDs that came along with your computer if it is available.
  3. Now insert the operating system disk into your CD or DVD drive.
  4. Wait for it to auto-run and from the menu or options page that come up, select installation of a new operating system. For some reason, it won’t auto run. In that case, double-click on “My Computer”, right click the drive that has OS disk, then click on “Auto-Run”.
  5. Wait for the CD to proceed automatically and follow the prompts when required.
  6. Upon the operating system installation is complete, you’ll get a fresh desktop.

Format Laptop using Restoration Partition

This part is very explanatory as every laptop manufacturer usually gives hint on how to go about this. Usually, the manufacturer of your computer create a separate partition in the memory, which is known as restoration partition. It contains all the necessary files to re-install your system.

If you don’t have any installation disc, you can access to the restoration partition to format your laptop.

  1. Go to the power menu and initiate a system restart. When your system begins to reboot, press the F10 key repeatedly. When your laptop boots, it will give you two options – Repair or Restore
  2. Select the Restore option and allow the restore partition of your system to do the rest including formatting and installation of the OS, native drivers and software.
  3. Be patient and allow the system to complete the task. Upon completion, you’ll have a fresh like new system.

Format Laptop Windows 10 with “Reset This PC”

Windows 10 is prone to all sorts of issues, from the sudden disappearance of files to problems with installing updates. If your computer isn’t running the way it should, giving you strange errors or performing slowly, then it’s probably time for a reset.

You might also want to reset your Windows 10 laptop if you’re upgrading to a new device and want to sell your old one. Of course, you don’t want to give a laptop filled with sensitive information and personal documents to a stranger. So before you exchange cash for tech, be sure to reformat your Windows 10 laptop.

Also, reformatting your laptop or restoring to an earlier state can clean out any pesky background programs. The operating system provides a number of options that let you reset your Windows 10 computer to an earlier state.

Remember that Windows 10 is a peculiar OS that sometimes requires special consideration to complete certain actions. Same can be said of formatting a laptop running on Windows 10.

Follow steps below to format a laptop Windows 10 with Reset this PC:

  1. On the bottom left corner of your laptop, click the Start button > then the gear icon to go to “Settings.”
  2. From the Settings menu, select “Update & Security” > “Recovery” (You’ll find the tab from the left panel).
  3. Check the available options and select “Reset this PC” > click “Get Started”. You will see two options afterwards – “Keep my files” (this action will remove all your apps and settings, but your personal files will be preserved). And “Remove everything” (this will erase everything including all of your personal files, apps and settings.
  4. Click on “Remove everything” to format your laptop then two options will appear again. “Just remove my files” (with this you can recover your data later on from the drive of your laptop). The other option is “Remove files and clean my drive” which requires lot of time but will completely remove all the data from your system including the drive. Click on the latter option – “Remove files and clean my drive.”
  5. Click on “Next” then “Reset” button to start the process. Your laptop will restart at this stage so do not panic. Upon completion of the reset process, a fresh Windows 10 will greet you.

How to reformat Windows 10 from the sign-in screen

If your laptop is acting up, and you can’t access the settings menu, you can try resetting your PC from the sign-in screen.

  • Press the Windows logo key and L on your keyboard. This will take you to the Windows 10 sign-in screen. Don’t login.
  • Instead, you can reset your PC by holding the Shift key while you click the Power button>Restart in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  • Your PC will restart in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) environment.
  • From the option screen, choose Troubleshoot>Reset this PC. From here, choose between the options listed above.
Format your laptop

Hopefully, you have fewer hiccups now that you know how to reset your Windows 10 PC. And if you’re planning on selling or giving your laptop away, you can do it with peace in mind that the next owner won’t have access to your files.

Format Laptop Windows 7 with System Repair Disc

If you are working with a laptop on Windows 7, you can easily format the laptop with System Repair Disc.

The steps below will guide you properly:

  1. Start your laptop and tap on Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create a system repair disc.
  2. Insert a CD into your computer and tap “Create disc” > “Close” > “OK”.
  3. Enter the boot menu by typing F10 or F12 then select the CD as boot device. Click “Enter” > “Next”, then select your windows system in “Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows.”
  4. Click “Next” > “Command Prompt”. Enter “Format c:/fs:NTFS” to format your system disk.

Note that, restoring your computer to its original factory settings is a good way to fix problems. Especially if you are having with an unstable computer or to get rid of viruses. It’s also a good idea to restore your computer to its original factory settings if you are planning to give your computer to a friend or family member or if you want to sell it.

Restoring any computer to its factory settings will delete all of your personal files and programs. It will also automatically return the computer to its state the day you took it out of the box.


If you didn’t make a backup before formatting your laptop, you may lose important information. But, you still chance to get them back. Fucosoft Data Recovery is a professional software that allows you to recover deleted or lost files from any storage device.

Such storage devices include laptop, PC, external hard drive, SD card, USB flash drive, mobile phone, digital camera, and many more.

Using it, you can recover any types of files, such as photos, videos, audios, documents, email and archives in a few clicks.

Here is how to recover data after formatting your laptop:

  1. Download, install and run the Windows Data Recovery software on your computer, then choose the formatted hard disk where you lost your data.
  2. Click “Start” and the program will begin an all-round scan on the hard drive you selected. Upon completion of the scan, all files will be displayed by file types and folders.
  3. Preview and select the files you’re interested in, then click “Recover” to initiate the recovery process. Please don’t save the recovered files to the location where they lost.


On an Apple laptop, you can begin to format your laptop by restarting your laptop and holding down the Command and R keys during the reboot. Select “Disc Utility” on the menu that appears and release the Command and R keys.

Once you’ve made this selection, a new window should appear which highlights various drives connected to your computer. Select your startup disk on this menu and click “Erase.” From the pop-up menu that appears, select “Format” and choose “Mac OS Extended” for the formatting type.

Format your laptop

After naming your drive, you can begin the formatting process by clicking the “Erase” button. Just like the Windows laptop formatting process, once the formatting begins, you’ll lose any access to data that you haven’t backed up.


Sometimes the general formatting process isn’t always applicable to all laptops. That is why you need to first know the reason why you want to format your laptop before you begin the process. Always enquire about the specifications of your laptop too in order to know what is acceptable and what is not. That’s why it is important you read the manufacturer’s note before you start using your laptop. Because some issues you might be facing are quite fixable even without you formatting your laptop.

Also, these steps doesn’t mean you can’t consult an expert when necessary. Although they are easy steps, do not hesitate to seek for external help when necessary. Furthermore, some of the issues that need you to format your laptop can be fixed easily.

For the virus invasion, you can install a reputable antivirus software into your laptop. While you have that in your system, ensure you don’t expose your system to potential threats. Turn off your hotspot when you are not using it, always scan your files if you got them from external sources.

Also, learn to free up space in your laptop. Don’t always fill it up with gibberish. In all, formatting isn’t a bad idea, but if you must do it, do it well.

About the author

Agim Amaka is a writer at With vast knowledge in writing, she creates quality content and articles for blogs, websites, and posts for various social media platforms. As an extraordinary writer, she is very much concerned about her audience; readers and clients.