Reformatting hard drive

Cathy - Dec 7, 2008 at 04:56 PM
 mhaed - Dec 7, 2008 at 05:49 PM
I was told to use my recovery disks to reformat my laptop because the web cam does not work properly. I have no clue how to do that. After I've turned the computer on, do I then insert the disk...or do I have the first one in the machine before I turn it on? Or is there another process. Thanks for any help.

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Hey Cathy,

To be honest, I'm not really sure how to reformat my computer either, but there are a few things I do know that may be of help to you in finding your solution. I do know that in order to reformat you must have your original windows cd. You must have your computer boot from that cd to begin reformatting. So instead of starting up windows normally, your computer must boot up using the windows cd, and from there it will give you some options. The command is called "boot from cd". I'm sorry I cannot be of more help, but I thought this information would give you some ideas, and perhaps you can enter "boot from cd" into Google or something. Reformatting can be overwhelming to think about, but the process itself is very straightforward and simple once you figure out how to begin. My friend has reformatted my computer before and I watched him do it, I just can't remember how he began the process. Try restarting your computer. Then, as the computer starts at the black screen with the windows logo (or whatever operating system you are using) there should be some commands in the upper right corner of the screen. They're F1 or F2 commands. For example "Press F1 for more options". Be quick though, because if you don't press the key fast enough, windows will continue to start normally as it usually does. Good luck.