Doing a Format on your PC Should Be A Last Resort!
your Windows computer
is usually the absolute last resort and is often done unnecessarily. Before you go through the process of doing a reformat
of your hard drive please take a few moments to read through the rest
of our website. If you are reformatting to fix problems with your
Windows computer it's possible that by using some of the tips on our
site, or by downloading or purchasing some of the tools or products
that we link to, you might be able to avoid the need to reformat
Because doing a complete reformat of your computer will erase the contents of the hard drive and require you to reinstall all software
, reformatting is usually a last resort
Some Computer Manufacturers Make Reformatting Easy
Many name-brand PC manufacturers include a restore-disk which makes it
easy to reformat your PC and return it to the state it was in on the
day you purchased it. Some manufactures supply only a standard
Microsoft Windows CD, and some (usually lower-end PC manufacturers)
supply neither! If your PC did not come with a restore or reformatting
CD, then you will need to take extra steps to format your hard drive
and get Windows re-installed.
Back Up Your Files Before You Reformat your Windows PC!Because
the reformat or restore process erases everything on your computer, it
is critical to have a backup of any important files on your computer.
You will also need your original software install disks to reinstall
any software you have purchased.
Things to do before you reformat your PC hard drive
- Write down or print
out all notes and internet pages because once the format process
begins, you will no longer have access to them (or anything else in the
- As already stated, BACKUP all important files and data! When you reformat your computer everything will be erased!
- Make sure you have all the CDs and other software. All
programs will have to be reinstalled after you format the hard drive.
Don't forget about software that came with hardware such as printers,
- Write down the brand and information for all the hardware on
your computer. Look in the Device Manager and make note of the brand
and model of network adaptors, video cards, sound cards, printers,
modems, and displays. After reformatting you might need this
information to reinstall drivers.
How To Reformat your Windows XP PC
If you're ready to take the plunge and format your computer Click here for step by step instructions to reformat your PC.
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