How to Reboot Your Computer & Erase Everything

by Vee Enne

When you boot up your computer from a set of Microsoft Windows recovery disks, you are given the option to format the hard drive and restore the computer to its original factory settings. If you select this option, it will erase everything on your hard drive, including files, personal settings and any software that you have installed. To avoid losing important files, make sure that you back up any information that you want to keep before getting started.

Connect the computer to a power source and turn it on.

Insert the first disk in the set of Windows recovery disks.

Turn the computer off.

Press the power button to turn the computer back on and press "F11" right away.

Select option "F" to format the hard drive.

Items you will need

About the Author

Vee Enne is a U.S. Military Veteran who has been writing professionally since 1993. She writes for Demand Studios in many categories, but prefers health and computer topics. Enne has an associate's degree in information systems, and a bachelor's degree in information technology (IT) from Golden Gate University.

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