How to Reformat an HP Laptop

by C.D. CrowderUpdated September 28, 2017

Many users will find the need to reformat their HP laptop at one time or another. Most reformat to restore their laptop to the original factory settings, and the most common reason to do that is to remove a virus. Another reason to format your HP laptop is to allow the laptop to recognize new hardware. This is a rare occurrence, but it can happen. No matter why you want to reformat your HP laptop, you can do it easily from home. The entire process takes less than 2 hours and can make your laptop run better than ever.

Back up all of your important files before reformatting. You will lose all data during the format.

Insert the HP Quick Restore disk into your laptop's CD drive.

Reboot your HP laptop and press any key to boot from the CD. If your HP laptop isn't set to boot from a CD, press "F12" during the boot process to view the boot options menu. Choose "CD-ROM" and press "Enter."

Press "F8" to agree to the license agreement. You will not be required to enter a license key for Windows by using the HP Quick Restore Disk that came with your laptop.

Select the current partition, which is usually C:. Press "Enter" to install the operating system on this partition. If you have multiple partitions and need to format all partitions, select each partition one by one and press "D" and "Enter" to delete the partitions. Press "C" in the now unpartitioned space to create a new partition. This should be the only selection in the partition list. Create a partition by selecting a partition size. For single partitions, keep the size at the default. When finished, press "Enter" to install the operating system on the new partition.

Select "Full NTFS Format" to format the partition. Allow the laptop to completely format. This may take 30 minutes to an hour to complete. The Windows operating system GUI wizard will guide you through the rest of the setup process.

Restart your computer after setup has completed. Use the HP Quick Restore disk to reinstall applications and drivers after formatting.


Multiple partitions are typically only used for multiboot systems or those wishing to store files separately from the operating system. One partition is all that is needed for most users.


Never reformat your HP laptop while on battery power. If the battery dies, you can corrupt your system.


About the Author

C.D. Crowder has been a freelance writer on a variety of topics including but not limited to technology, education, music, relationships and pets since 2008. Crowder holds an A.A.S degree in networking and one in software development and continues to develop programs and websites in addition to writing.

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