How to format a computer step by step tutorial

Formatting a computer is the term given to the process of preparing hard disk for installing a new OS or reinstalling the OS so that the computer is back to it’s factory defaults. Computer is usually formatted when a malfunction appears or the computer is being sold to someone else.
how to format computer tutorial

how to format computer tutorial

1 When a computer is formatted, all the programs and media files will get lost and can not be recovered. So, all the data you want to save should be backed up.
You can use DVDs, CDs, external hard drives, flash drives, or the cloud, depending on how much data you have to backup.
2 Set your BIOS to boot from CD or flash drive. If using a CD, restart the computer and enter the setup screen when the manufacturer logo appears. The key to do this will be displayed, and varies by manufacturer. The most common keys are F2, F10, F12, and Del.
Once in the BIOS menu, select the Boot menu. Change the order of devices so that your computer boots from CD before booting from the hard drive. Save your changes and exit. Your computer will restart.
If you are installing from a flash drive, then you will need to set the BIOS to boot from removable storage
3 Begin Setup. If the CD / flash drive has been inserted and the BIOS is set correctly, you will see a message telling you to “Press any key to boot…” Press a key on the keyboard and the setup process for Windows will launch.
Your system may automatically launch the setup program without asking you to press any key.
4 Watch the Windows files load. After completion, the Windows logo will appear. Your data has not been deleted yet. The deletion takes place later.
5 Choose your preferences. You will be prompted to confirm your Language, Time & Currency format, and Keyboard or input method. Select the appropriate options for you and click Next.
6 Click Install Now. Setup will begin loading the files it needs to continue.
7 Accept the terms and conditions. It is better to read it thoroughly and understand your rights and limitations.
8 Choose Custom install for erasing your disk. You can perform a clean installation if you do so.
9 Delete the partition. A window will open asking where you would like to install Windows. In order to perform a clean install, you need to delete the old partition and start with a clean slate. Click “Drive options (advanced).” This will give you the ability to delete and create partitions.
Select the partition of your existing operating system and click the Delete button.
If your hard drive has multiple partitions, be sure to delete the correct one. Any data on a deleted partition is lost and can not be recovered.
Confirm the deletion process.
10 Select the Unallocated Space and click Next. There is no need to create a partition before you install Windows, this is done automatically.
11 Wait while Windows installs files. The percentage next to Expanding Windows files will steadily increase. This part of the process can take up to 30 minutes.
Windows will automatically restart your computer when finished.
Setup will launch again, and a message will tell you that Setup is updating registry settings.
A window will open letting you know that Windows is completing the installation. Your computer will restart again when this is complete.
Drivers will be loaded.
12 Enter your user name and computer name. The username shall be used to log into the computer. Computer name is the name given to your computer and is shown in networks where your computer is visible.
You can add more users later through the control panel.
Windows will ask you for a password. If you do not want to keep a password, you can click on Next without entering anything.
13 Enter your product key. This is the 25-character key that came with your copy of Windows. Check the “Automatically activate Windows when I’m online” to have Windows automatically verify your key the next time it is connected to the internet.
14 Select your Windows Update option.
15 Select your date and time. These should be correct already as they are linked to your BIOS, but you can change them now if they are not. Check the box if your area observes Daylight Savings.
16 If you are connected to a network, you may be asked to select your network preferences.
Windows will now attempt to connect your computer to the network. This process is completely automated.
17 A loading screen will appear and after that, you will be able to explore your desktop. Installation is now complete.