How to reformat an emachines laptop

Written by jacob stover
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Reformatting a computer can fix a multitude of serious problems and is a great way to bring a dying computer back to life. As a computer is used it begins to get bogged down with fragmented data, bad memory sectors and a large system registry. Reformatting a computer in this state will return to it to factory settings, deleting all the data on the drive and repairing all fragmented and damaged sectors. Depending on the age of your eMachines laptop, this process may take up to a few hours to complete, but will be well worth your time.

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Things you need

  • Windows installation CD

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  1. 1

    Insert your Windows installation CD into your computer's CD/DVD drive.

  2. 2

    Reboot your computer, and press "F12" during the initial boot screen to open the Boot Device Manager.

  3. 3

    Highlight and select "Boot From Disc" at this menu. If your computer has more than one drive, you may need to select the appropriate CD/DVD drive from the drop-down menu.

  4. 4

    Follow the on-screen instructions once the installation CD has booted. You may need to select a partition or hard drive to install Windows to. Select the partition or hard drive you wish to reformat from the list of displayed options. If your computer only has a single hard drive, you will not be required to select anything at this stage of the reformatting process.

  5. 5

    Allow the installation process to complete without interruption. Once the process is complete your laptop will be reformatted and should function like new. You may need to reinstall necessary software or drivers that did not come with your device. Check your eMachines user's manual or support page for more information.

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