How Do I Completely Erase My Computer & Start From Scratch Again on My Dell Latitude?


Formatting your Dell Latitude has never been easier with the inclusion of Dell's startup disc set. Reformatting is important to clear unwanted files and also viruses that may be affecting the computer in a negative way. Upon completion of this article, your Dell will be refreshed and renewed without problems that you may have faced before.

Formatting the Drive

  • Find the discs that came with your Dell; they should be labeled Operating System, Drivers and Applications. Put the operating system disc into the computer and restart the machine so the computer boots up from the CD and begins the setup to format the drive. The Dell CD wizard walks you through the next few steps with recommendations; follow those.

    The step that erases the drive is the actual formatting process. The computer asks you to pick the partition to format, select the drive that the current operating system is on (it tells you which one has your current operating system) and go to the next step and allow it to erase the hard drive. Upon format completion, allow the Dell to finish its steps to reupload the operating system onto the hard drive. The computer then resets itself and opens your operating system.

Reloading Drivers and Applications

  • Insert the Drivers disc into the computer. The autoload tool opens up the drivers. Select to install all of them to make sure all of the hardware works properly. When the drivers are installed, eject the disc and put in the Applications disc.

    The Applications disc autoloads as well. Allow it to upload all the applications onto your Dell one by one. With the applications loaded onto the computer, the process is complete, and your Dell is completely refreshed and like new again.

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