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How do I format my laptop

The pc is messed up.

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    Jim LeVan May 11, 2010

    as in reinstall windows from scratch (assuming you have the disk still) - or wiping the hard drive clean?

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I am thinking you mean a System Recovery rather than a reformat. Reformat is erasing the whole hard drive and having to load the operating system and everything again afterward. A System Recovery is reinstalling the operating system back to factory conditions.

I would try a system recovery before doing a reformat.

If the laptop came with any disks, see if any of them have something about system recovery or system restore. Put them in the cd/dvd drive and reboot. Follow the prompts and 30 minutes later you are done.

If you do not have any disks that came with computer for that purpose, then they are most likely stored on the hard drive partition.

To access this you have to reboot your computer. When your Acer logo appears, hold down the "ALT" key on keyboard and press "F10" at the same time. If you miss it or it does not work, reboot and try again.

If you are successful, the system recovery program will run. Just follow the prompts and in about 30 minutes you will done.

After you are done with the recovery, make sure you reload any drivers for things you might have added to your computer after you bought it. Do not forget to also update windows.

If this laptop is running XP, you will not have wireless until you apply the service packs from windows...unless they already had the service pack bundled into the installation. So there is a chance you might need to connect to your router/modem via a wired connection until updates are done. Thought I would add that in incase you run into this problem, don't want you to freak out and say "OMG what did perpetual have me do to my computer" and use my picture as your new dart boart bullseye.

Good luck, hope this helped. It is a very simple process and will save you a bill from the local computer repair shop.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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Most computers have a restore CD that came with it when you bought it. And if that's the case, you put in that restore CD and a menu will pop up that gives you a choice to format your disk. After than you can reinstall all of your original software. If you don't have this CD, you can get a blank CD that has the Dos "format.exe"file on it and you can run that to format your drive. You have to have the correct version of format.exe to match your operating system, so you need to keep that in mind. If you Google for "format.exe", you can easily find that file and download it or you can get it from a Windows CD. If you have a Windows CD and a floppy drive you can use the Windows CD to create a "Startup Disk". Also, from within Windows on a working computer, you can create a startup disk. Click Windows help and type in "startup disk" for a further explanation.

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