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Today I’m going to be teaching you how to delete everything on your computer and start over. You’ve probably noticed that most computers run great when you first bring them home from the store. Unfortunately, as time passes, they’ll often start getting slower and slower until they are almost unbearable to use.

There are several reasons why this happens and I won’t get into them today. This article is going to teach you how to get your computer back to the way it was when you brought it home from the store. I’m going to be assuming that you’re working with a Windows based system since this operating system tends to need these procedures done more frequently in my experience

It’s important to realize that the procedure I’m going to outline for you may differ slightly from computer to computer but the principles are the same for all of them. Follow these steps closely and your computer will be good as new in no time. Keep in mind that if you decide to do this, it is not reversible. These instructions are general instructions and not specific to any particular computer. Use them at your own risk.

  1. Make a backup of any files you don’t want to lose. This includes files such as your pictures, your videos, your music, and other important files. The easiest way to do this is to connect an external hard drive and run the backup utility that comes with Windows. Spend a little extra time and make a list of all the files that you don’t want to lose. Many people forget to backup things like their bookmarks in their web browser. Depending on how much data you have stored on your computer, this backup procedure could take quite some time.
  2. After have your backup done, you’re going to need to find out where the “restore” files are stored on your computer. In days past, computer manufactures would supply you with a restore disk that you could use to restore the computer to its factory settings. Some still do but many will create a partition on your hard drive and store the restore files there. If this is the case for you, consult the instruction manual that came with your computer to find out how to start the restore process. In most cases, you’ll need to shut the computer down and when it is starting up, you’ll need to press a key like F2, F10, F12, or ESC. If you’re performing this operation on a laptop computer, make sure that you have it plugged in. If you try to do this while running on the battery and the battery dies before the process completes, it will cause the restore to fail and you won’t get a second chance. After you know what button will start the restore process, you simply shut your computer off, power it back up, and before it gets a chance to load windows, you press the key that is specific to your computer to begin the restore precess.
  3. Next, you’ll be taken to a screen that asks you how you would like to proceed. It will give you a few options such as, “restore this computer to it’s factory settings”, “restore this computer to it’s factory settings but don’t install extra programs”, etc. I usually choose the first option. It will take quite a lot of time for this procedure to complete so remember to be patient. At times, it may seem like it’s not doing anything. Whatever you do, don’t become impatient and try to start over. You could cause the data on the hard drive to become corrupted and the restore procedure may not work if you try it again.
  4. At some point in the restore process, your computer will automatically shut down and restart on its own. Again, this may take a while so be patient and let it do its thing.
  5. When your computer starts back up, it’s going to look like Windows is trying to load but it will probably hang at the Windows startup screen to continue the restore process. Again, this will take some time so hang tight and let it do what it needs to do. What it’s actually doing now is reinstalling the software that came with your computer.
  6. After this completes, your computer will be in the same state that it was when you brought it home for the first time. This is assuming, of course, that the reason your computer was running poorly wasn’t because of some kind of hardware failure. If you have failing hardware in your computer, performing this restore process won’t fix your problem. If your problems were software related, your computer should be running great again.
  7. The next step is to reinstall any software that you may have installed after you purchased your computer.
  8. Lastly, you’re going to want to load your personal files back onto your computer. If you used either the Windows backup utility or some other third party backup software, follow the instructions for the particular software to restore your personal files from the backup that you performed previously.

Now that you know how to delete everything on your computer and start over, you’re ready to tackle the project. Just follow the steps, be patient, and your computer should be running good as new in no time.

In some cases, you may find discover that your hard drive has failed. If this is the case, you’ll need to purchase and instal a new hard drive as well as purchase a copy of windows. Then you’ll need to install the version of windows that you choose to use.

I really hope that this tip helped you out. You may also be interested in reading another post that is called How To Get Bluetooth On Your Computer For Free before you leave. Another helpful post is called How To Uninstall Programs On PC. Both of these are articles in my collection of articles designed to help people solve common computer problems.

Sources: http://windows.microsoft.com

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