How to Reinstall a Laptop: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Reinstall a Laptop: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Reinstall a Laptop: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

The procedure to reinstall a laptop is fairly simple these days. The laptop manufacturer may have provided a DVD with the complete operating system along with drivers and utilities, or a recovery partition may have been created on the hard drive.


Reformat a Laptop Step 1

Step 1. Determine which method of recovery is provided by the manufacturer

If you didn't get any DVDs with your PC, then it is certain that you have a recovery partition. If you have a set of recovery DVDs, it is almost certain that you do not have a recovery partition.

Reformat a Laptop Step 2

Step 2. Insert the operating system disc into your CD/DVD drive

The drive will usually start automatically and open a menu. Select the option to reinstall the operating system.

If the CD does not boot by itself, go to explorer and right click on the drive containing the recovery disc. Click on "Autorun"

Reformat a Laptop Step 3

Step 3. Go through the procedure in steps

If you are away from your computer for a while, the procedure will stop at the next step and wait for input from you. Follow the notifications, be patient and resist the temptation to push buttons.

If you are going to reformat your laptop's hard drive, accept the default settings indicated by the installation disc

Reformat a Laptop Step 4

Step 4. The computer will have a completely new installation after going through this procedure

Reformat a Laptop Step 5

Step 5. Insert the disc containing the drivers and utilities provided by the manufacturer into the drive

Install the chipset drivers first.

Some CDs have a simple beginner option to avoid confusion. Otherwise you will have to choose the correct driver for the chipset yourself. Usually these have a name that is different from the other drivers, such as those for video and sound. Often these refer to Northbridge or Motherboard

Reformat a Laptop Step 6

Step 6. Restart the computer when prompted

Reformat a Laptop Step 7

Step 7. Continue with the list, install the drivers for video, sound and other devices

Some manufacturers give a limited number of choices, after which all drivers are installed in the correct order, after which an automatic restart is necessary to continue and complete the procedure. The only driver that matters is the chipset driver. All others can be installed in any order.

Reformat a Laptop Step 8

Step 8. Install the programs you need and which are included with your computer after installing the drivers

Method 1 of 1: Reinstalling a laptop using the recovery partition

Reformat a Laptop Step 9

Step 1. Restart your computer

After turning on the computer, repeatedly press F10 (this is usually the correct key) until the machine boots up and displays the partition menu. Here you can choose from options to restore or reinstall the system (reformatting and reloading).

Reformat a Laptop Step 10

Step 2. Select the option to install a clean new system

The great thing about this is that you don't have to do anything else. The recovery partition will run through the formatting program, reinstall the operating system, install drivers and any original software that came with the laptop.

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