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How to format a Windows 7 laptop step by step/using CD and USB

Formatting and installing Windows 7 on a computer using USB/CD

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This tutorial demonstrates how to format and install windows 7 on your computer. Let’s be honest this time ^^ and admit that we often carelessly download files from the Internet or copy files from someone using external storage.

These habits can lead to the transmission of a virus into our computer’s system and can damage/weaken its operating system (don’t worry, I sympathize with you ^^). I hope this tutorial will help you restore your computer by formatting it and reinstalling windows 7.

Do you need to format your Windows 7 laptop before selling or donating? In this article, we will show you how to format a Windows 7 laptop with or without a Windows installation CD. You can find out the easiest way to format a Windows 7,8,10 laptop.

When do I need to format my Windows 7 laptop?

Formatting Windows 7 from a laptop hard drive is the process of restoring a hard drive to a newly formatted computer. So if you want to give, donate, or sell your laptop to someone else without sharing your data, you’d better format your laptop with Windows 7 in advance.

In addition, if your laptop is running slower and slower, you can also format your hard drive to get as much storage space as possible, since storage is available without any errors or changed settings that can slow down your laptop. Also, when some stubborn viruses attack your Windows 7 laptop and you can’t remove these Trojan viruses, formatting the laptop is also an effective way to solve this problem. Therefore, knowing how to format a Windows 7 laptop is very important.

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Nine ways to format a Windows 7 laptop step by step

Here, let’s look at how to format a laptop with Windows 7 installed. in General, there are 4 methods that you can try.

Method 1. Format your Windows 7 laptop to factory settings via the ” control Panel”

Method 2. Format a Windows 7 laptop with a system recovery disk

Method 3. Windows 7 laptop Format with installation CD

Method 4. Windows 7 laptop Format with USB

Step 1: preparing the materials

Step 2: set the settings

Step 3: formatting your computer

Step 4: Install WINDOWS 7

Step 5: testing

Method 1. Format your Windows 7 laptop to factory settings via the ” control Panel”

1. Click start, and then select control Panel. Click system and security.

Control panel

2. Select the backup and restore option displayed on the new page.

restore and backup

3. in the backup and restore window, click on the restore system or your computer settings.

win7 recovery system setting

4. Then select advanced recovery methods.

win7 advanced recovery methods

5. Now you will have two options: restore files from the system image backup and restore the computer to its factory state. Select the second option.

Note:
If your computer does not have a recovery partition, the factory reset option is not available, and instead you will see the option ” reinstall Windows (requires a Windows installation disk)”.

6. Now you have two options again: Create a backup now and skip it. If you want to make a backup, click on the first one. Or you can click the Skip button.

win7 backup

7. Click Restart to restart your Windows 7 laptop and start the factory reset process.

Then your laptop will turn off and restart after a while. You will then receive a new notification asking you to choose the keyboard input method. click next”” Finally, you will again be presented with three options:

restore the operating system to its factory default value.

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restore operating systems and save user data (you still have the option to restore your data)

Exit.

You simply select restore the operating system to its factory default value. Then click Next and again Next and finally OK.

Method 2. Format a Windows 7 laptop with a system recovery disk

This method requires preparing the disk to create a system recovery disk.

1. Start your laptop and click control Panel – > backup and restore-> Create a system recovery disk.

2. Insert an empty CD into your laptop and click Create disk. Then select close and OK.

win7 create disc

3. Restart your computer, enter F10 or F12 to enter the boot menu, select the CD as the first boot device. Click Enter and next, and then select your windows system.

4. Click Next and Command prompt. Enter the format command c:/fs:ntfs – and press Enter to format the C disk.

Note:
you can’t format the system partition (usually C: drive) after logging in to the operating system. So you need to do this in a WinPE environment.

Method 3. Windows 7 laptop Format with installation CD

If you have a Windows 7 installation CD, you can perform the following steps to format the Windows 7 hard drive.

  1. Insert the Windows installation CD into your laptop and restart your computer.
  2. Continuously press the Delete key to enter BIOS. Select Additional BIOS features and install the first boot device on the CD. Click the button to save the exit from the installation.
  3. on the Windows setup screen, press shift+F10 to open a command prompt window.
  4. Enter “format c:/” in the window that opens and enter Y to complete the formatting process.

Method 4. Windows 7 laptop Format with USB

If you don’t have a Windows installation CD, you can make a bootable USB drive and format the Windows 7 disk using USB. This can be easily done using the AOMEI Partition Assistant standard. You can download it for free.

https://www2.aomeisoftware.com/download/pa/PAssist_Std.exe

Part 1. Create a bootable USB drive

1.1. Insert an empty USB port into your laptop. Install and run the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click The “Make Bootable Media” Button.

Insert an empty USB port into your laptop. Install and run the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click The "Make Bootable Media" Button.

1.2. Select the USB drive and click “Continue”.

Select the USB drive and click "Continue".

1.3. Wait for the process to complete.

Wait for the process to complete.

The bootable USB drive contains a pre-installed AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Part 2. Formatting the Windows 7 driver with bootable USB

2.1. Boot the Windows 7 laptop from the bootable USB drive. After logging in, you will find yourself in the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right – click disk C and select Format partition.

Boot the Windows 7 laptop from the bootable USB drive. After logging in, you will find yourself in the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right - click disk C and select Format partition.

2.2. In this window, select file system and click OK.

In this window, select file system and click OK.

2.3. Click “Apply “and” continue” to commit the pending operation.

Click "Apply “and” continue" to commit the pending operation.

Here’s how to format a Windows 7 laptop using a USB drive. In addition, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can also delete the system partition after logging in to Windows. Specifically, you can delete data from the Windows 7 driver without a CD or USB. Just right-click the system disk and select “Delete partition”.

Here's how to format a Windows 7 laptop using a USB drive. In addition, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can also delete the system partition after logging in to Windows. Specifically, you can delete data from the Windows 7 driver without a CD or USB. Just right-click the system disk and select "Delete partition"

Then select the deletion method. If you select “delete partition and erase data on it”, you can burn the system disk and fill the sectors with zeros.

Then select the deletion method. If you select "delete partition and erase data on it", you can burn the system disk and fill the sectors with zeros.

Finally, go back to the main interface, click Apply and continue to commit the pending operation.

Finally, go back to the main interface, click Apply and continue to commit the pending operation.

If you want to erase all data from the entire system disk (including the C disk and other partitions), you can switch to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Its “erase hard disk” function is able to erase the system disk in Windows without requiring bootable media.

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Step 1: preparing the materials

DISK, PREPARING THE MATERIALS
COMPUTER

basic materials

Laptop

Windows 7 CD installer / USB flash drive

Optional

External storage for file backups

Please note that formatting your computer means deleting all its files. So if you have important files that you don’t want to delete, please first make a copy of them using an external storage device.

Step 2: set the settings

SET THE SETTINGS
  1. Insert a windows 7 CD / USB flash drive

Insert the windows 7 installer CD into your computer’s CD-ROM. The CD needs a power source to work, so you need to open your computer first. After inserting the CD, you can proceed to the next step.

  1. Restart press F2

Second, turn off the computer, then turn it on (restart the computer) and press the F2 key several times until the options page appears on the screen. Go to the Download tab and analyze the content. The download tab contains information that you can manipulate so that your computer first gets access to its CD-ROM drive/ external hard drive before downloading.

  1. To change the settings

Finally, change your computer’s settings and instruct it to access its CD-ROM drive first before anything else. This process is very important for running the windows 7 CD installer. (Simple note: the” download “tab in the image above may differ from the” download ” tab on your computer. Don’t worry, because it might look different, but the function is still the same.

Step 3: formatting your computer

FORMATTING YOUR COMPUTER
  1. Installation type

After starting the windows 7 installation, the installer will ask for the installation type. Click ” Custom (advanced)” , which is the second option.

  1. Driver settings

Second, the screen will display a page with the latest hard drive of the computer. Select the disk you want to format, and then click ” disk options (advanced)” , which is located on the right side of the screen.

  1. Format

Finally, the format button will appear in the center of the screen. Just click on the button to format the selected hard drive.

Step 4: Install WINDOWS 7

WINDOW 7 FORMAT
  1. Select

First, select the hard drive to install and store the Windows 7 operating system on your computer.

  1. Wait!

Second, the installation process will continue and take some time. Just relax and take a break for a while.

  1. Accept things as they are

Finally, the installer will ask for your computer name, password, windows 7 product key, and so on. Are these just trivial things I think, or not? ^_^.

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Step 5: testing

WINDOW 7

Good and good work! Now you can use your computer again. I hope this tutorial will bring you much benefit, and please know that it is a great honor to help you. Please comment/subscribe/like / share. Thank You ^^.

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Summary

In this post, we learned how to format a Windows 7 laptop using 4 different methods. Whether you have an installation CD or not, you can find a way to erase all the data on your Windows 7 laptop Before writing it or transferring it to others. If your Windows 7 drive is a solid-state drive, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can also help you protect your SSD drive without compromising its service life and performance. If you plan to erase Windows Server, Please select AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

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