How to Dump a Computer and Reload Windows

by TS Jordan
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Dumping, also known as formatting, a computer refers to the process of erasing everything on the hard drive and starting from scratch. This is necessary if your computer has contracted a virus, is exhibiting other types of bizarre behavior or if you want to perform the ultimate type of electronic spring cleaning. Dumping a computer and reinstalling Windows is a basic, but time-consuming, process that can take up to an hour.

Step 1

Insert the Windows Installation CD into your computer's disc drive.

Step 2

Restart the machine and press any key to boot from the CD.

Step 3

Hit "Enter" then "F8" to commence the installation procedure.

Step 4

Press "D" to delete your existing hard drive partition then press "C" to create a single new partition.

Step 5

Select the partition created and press "Enter" to install Windows.

Step 6

Choose the NTFS (New Technology File System) method of formatting to trigger the auto-installer, reloading Windows to your computer.

Input all required information (such as the date, time, your Windows product key and other prompted information) to complete the installation.


  • Save any files or folders you wish to keep to a USB drive, CD-R or DVD-R prior to beginning the operation as this process will completely erase your hard drive.


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About the Author

TS Jordan is an Ohio licensed attorney living and practicing out of the Cleveland area. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Bachelors' Degree in Information Systems. He has been writing professionally for less than a year.

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