Viruses can be a pain
The viruses, however, are not the only reason one should reformat
You may also want to sell your laptop without any of your personal data in it. The only option is to format your hard drive and place a new copy of Windows 10. Whatever the reason, knowing how you can go through it can save you loads of cash.
There are basically two major ways you can format your Operating System:
You can use a USB memory stick to install a clean copy of Windows 10. This can be done using any working USB drive that is above 4GB.
You can still use a 4GB USB drive for formatting your computer with the earlier version of Windows 10 (32 bit only). The other versions, however, are larger in size. They require a bigger storage than the earlier
This is how you can reformat Windows 10 with a pen drive:
Power ISO is a compact software for Windows that enables you to write RAW data into flash drives. It converts the drive to
You can use the free trial copy to create the bootable USB. You do not need to purchase anything at this point, though you should if you can.
If you already have a copy of Windows 10, skip over to step 3.
Power ISO writes image files with boot info to the pen drives. You cannot, therefore, write individual files the same way.
If you do not have any copy of Windows 10, you could get a genuine copy of the OS from Microsoft's Website:
If you have a DVD, you can use Power ISO to create an archive for its contents. Insert the DVD and open it to show the files.
Press ctrl+A to highlight everything in the DVD. You now can drag and drop the contents into PowerISO. Alternatively, you can just press ctrl+C to copy the highlighted items and paste into Power ISO by pressing ctrl+V while
After all that is over, go to the Action tab and scroll to "boot" to add boot information. Under boot, click on 'add boot information' and browse through the DVD.
The folder you are looking for is
Save the image file after it has finished pasting the contents by pressing ctrl+S. It will prompt you to choose the extension type the image will be.
You can choose any of the image extensions available. it is advisable, however, that you save it as an ISO image file.
When the file is saved, you need to return to Power ISO and click on the
A new window will launch, giving you options for the bootable flash. You need to choose the ISO file you created earlier and the pen drive that you are supposed to use.
You should be careful with this if you have external hard drives.
Make sure that you choose your pen drive as this will format everything in it to write the OS.
Click on start and wait for the process to complete. You should not remove or disturb the pen drive during this process as your device may be damaged.
It should take your computer a few minutes to finish copying the files to your flash disk. You can reboot your computer
As the computer reboots, you need to press either
Please note that you are not supposed to press all the buttons at once. You should try each one of them and see which one leads to the boot menu (some boot screens show the options). Select your pen drive and wait for the computer to finish booting.
The first prompt you get is to choose
Next, you need to choose which type of installation you need to perform. If you have
This, however, will not work if you lack space in the partition.You need at least 10GB free for the system files to be copied. If
In the case of a viral infection, your files are already lost and corrupted. You should select the second option which will take you to the partition manager. If you decided to keep your files, ignore the 5th step:
Choose the partition that you are going to install windows to. Normally, a large hard drive is divided into two or more so that a person can store some data where they can be recovered in case the computer is formatted.
You should see three partitions reading:
You need to delete the first two partitions. You should delete the System Reserve so that details of the previous OS is deleted. The Partition will otherwise be shown on your list of partitions, which can be annoying.
Click on next and let the installer copy the Windows 10 files to your computer.
You have to wait for the installation to complete. After that, the computer will reboot to your new copy of
You can acquire a Windows 10 DVD in the stores or the one downloaded from the Microsoft site to create a DVD.
The ISO file is already bootable and you just need to burn it onto an empty DVD. You can use any image software to complete to complete the process, preferably Power ISO.
The process is just the same as reformatting