Formatting your system is a lot easier than you could ever imagine. What you are actually formatting is your hard disk. Formatting erases the files on your hard disk but in the process I will teach you will show you how to restore your files after it is been crashed. Before you start up this process I will strongly advise you to connect your computer to a power source to avoid your system tripping off during the process. The need to reformat our computer arises mostly when our start up boot drive have been damaged, some are due to wanting to upgrade or create a multi-boot system. But in this article we will be looking more into clean installation and repair of your operating system, so as to recover files or delete them during installation of a new operating system using a BOOT CD/DVD.
THINGS YOU WILL REQUIRE TO FORMAT OR REPAIR YOUR COMPUTER (HARD DISC)
• The first thing you will need is a windows installation disc which is popularly known as BOOT CD.
• The next thing that is important is your product key. Necessary to complete the format or repair process.
The process of formatting is known as clean installation thereby you will lose all your files but I will show how to do both.
First thing is to put on your computer and insert the ‘boot CD”, then restart your system. Some computers might automatically offer the option to boot from CD if they detect a bootable CD in the CD-ROM drive. If so, when you start the computer with a bootable CD in the CD-ROM drive, you’ll see the message “Press any key to boot from CD.” Otherwise, you can set your computer to boot from CD by using the setup program for your computer’s BIOS (basic input/output system). Here’s how:
When you first start the computer, look for a short message telling you which key to press for setup. For example, some computers will have this message: Press DELETE to enter setup.
If your computer doesn’t give you such a message, try pressing these commonly used keys during start-up:
F3, then F2
If graphics appear during start-up, pressing ESC often makes the graphics disappear so that you can see the correct key for entering BIOS setup.
When you see the message, quickly press the indicated key. You will enter a DOS-like program that consists of one or more screens. You probably won’t be able to use the mouse or touch pad while in this program. BIOS programs vary widely, but look for an option called “Boot order” or something similar.
Set the boot order to boot from CD before booting from the hard drive.
Some newer laptop computers have a Windows-based utility for configuring the BIOS. If your computer won’t boot from a CD, refer to the section titled “Other Setup-related tasks” for information about starting Setup from the command prompt.
As the [(BIOS) basic input/output system] opens, then use your arrow keys on the key board to select to boot from the CD/DVD ROM.
Then hold your CTRL and ALT keys together for some seconds and leave it. This opens the windows setup in the BOOT CD/ DVD. But if your system has not completely crashed and the BIOS is not opening as I told you hold down CTRL and ALT and windows setup will appear.
On the Where do you want to install the windows page, click Drive options (advanced). Select the partition where you want to install Windows, and then click Format. This erases all files on the selected partition, so you can install Windows on a clean partition or click R to repair.
When the windows setup opens if you want to do clean installation click on ENTER but to repair your system where your files are not deleted click on R.
As the repair process continues, your files will be copied, this could take a longer time if you have much files on your computer.
After that the installation continues, another page will pop up requesting for the product key, so check for the product key of the boot CD/DVD and type it in and continue with the installation.
The please read the license terms page, click accept and continue.
Some other instructions will come up; just follow them they are easy to understand and complete the recovery process.