How do I completely format my computer? Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. You should see a title that says “Reset this PC.” Click Get Started. You can either select Keep My Files or Remove Everything. The former resets your options to default and removes uninstalled apps, like browsers, but keeps your data intact.
What happens when you reformat a computer? What is a reformat? Reformatting a computer means completely erasing (formatting) the hard drive and reinstalling the operating system and all other applications and files. All of your data on the hard disk will be lost, so you will need to back it up to an External HD, DVD, flashdrive or another computer.
Is it easy to reformat computer? Anyone can reformat their own laptop easily. Before you begin the process of reformatting your computer, you need to backup all of your information on an external hard drive or CDs and external hard drive or you will lose them.
What do you need to reformat a computer? On a PC running Windows, reformatting requires the Windows installation disc. Note that reformatting will erase all your computer’s files, so first copy anything you want to keep to another hard drive, USB drive or burnable discs (CDs or DVDs).