In this post, I’ll show you how to format your Windows 10 laptop or PC running Windows 10. You can also use these steps to format Windows 10 running on a virtual machine.
Although most external hard drives are already designed to work with Windows computers, sometimes you need to reformat one. You may want a drive that works with Mac and PC, or maybe you want to partition it, which will split it into two different formats. Here’s how to format an external hard drive for Windows 10 or partition it.
Why Format Windows 10?
As you work on Windows 10, you may encounter several problems. If your computer is giving you strange errors or running slow, then it’s probably time for a reset. Refer to the following article to learn more about Windows 10 recovery options.
Another scenario where you can reset your Windows 10 laptop would be when you sell your laptop to buy a new one. Some eCommerce sites allow you to trade your laptop, pay the extra money, and buy a new one. In such a situation, you won’t want to sell your old laptop with personal documents and other files stored on it.
While some of you may be thinking about formatting the OS drive and installing Windows 10 from scratch. However, this cannot be done by most of them as it requires a Windows 10 installation media.
How to Format Your Windows 10 Laptop PC
Here’s how to reset your PC in Windows 10 using the settings menu. So here are the quick steps for you.
- Log into your Windows 10 laptop.
- Click the Start button, then select Settings> Update & Security> Reset.
- Under Reset this PC, select Get started. Select one of the options: Keep my files or Remove all.
- Next, you will be asked how you want to reinstall Windows 10. Cloud Download or Local Reinstall.
- Select Reinstall Local.
- In the Additional Settings window, click Next.
- Finally, in the Ready to reset this PC window, click Reset.
- The PC will reboot and perform a format.
Format Windows 10 PC / Laptop
- If you are doing a reset for the first time, the following screenshots will help you. Click the button Start, then select Settings> Update & Security> Recovery.
- In Reset> Reset this PC, click Get started.
- You can choose to keep existing files or remove everything and perform a clean reinstall. I have selected Remove all.
- When asked how you want to reinstall Windows, select Reinstall Local.
- In the Added Settings window, review the settings and click Next.
- Click Reset.
- Your PC is preparing for recovery.
- The PC restarts and begins the recovery process.
- It takes at least 10-30 minutes to reset your PC. So, while the PC reset is being performed, make sure not to restart the laptop or unplug the power supply.
- When the reset is complete, you will see the splash screen where you will be asked to select the region, keyboard layout, etc. Complete these initial steps. Congratulations, you have successfully performed a reset.
Windows allowed you to create a custom update image. Whenever you update or reset your PC, it used your custom image instead of the default one. For example, you can uninstall the bloatware that came with your PC, install important software or change system settings, and then create an updated image with the current system status.