The Proper way to reformat a laptop


At least one time in our life we have bought a new laptop or have been issued a new laptop from our work, as we enjoy the shiny new thing, the speed it processes data, loading of applications.  Until one day we started to feel the sluggishness of the laptop. It is not as fast as it used to be from its early days.

You have also done my recommended system maintenance on my early blog post, still, you are experiencing, either you have been infected by malware way too deep in the system, it slows your laptop down, the browser is not even loading and all your download options were not functioning. Preventing you install tools that may help you clean up your system. Atlas you have no other choice but to reformat your system to start a new. If you have an IT on the office no problem, but what if it is your personal laptop, if you have a friend they can help you but what if they are busy or not available. Then the proper way to install your laptop by your self is to perform a system reset or a factory reset, which is a proper way to reformat your system that will not revoke your Windows license and it will also install all the correct driver for your laptop preventing you to experience like webcam and sound are not working.

Every laptop manufacturer has a different way of accessing the reset function of the system, what I will share below is resetting from windows system.

Click start, then type reset


Click get started.



Choose which option do you prefer erased everything or keep you all your files. If you backed up all your important files, choose to delete all. This reset may take some time but you will be assured that everything will be working fine right out of the box and you will save a few dollars.

Wondering,  what to do after a system reset? visit my earlier post on things to do after windows installation.

Speed up your Window PC without a part upgrade and reformatting.

Tech tips, Tutorial

Admit it we love windows when it is newly installed, the time when we got a new laptop or set up a shiny new desktop, but along the months we have noticed it is not as fast as it is used to be.

Here is a list of things to do to make it back to its tiptop shape.

1. First things first Windows update, admit it we all have to try to turn off our pc when we press shut down and the monitor suddenly show Windows update in progress. Either we turn off the power or just closed down the lid of the laptop.  The system update will solve some of the bugs that may crash your pc and it also gives an extra layer of protection so just give it some time.


2. When your Operating System is updated the next step to do is clean up some junk. Do a simple disk cleanup. There is some software that you already know that does the cleaning but guess what your windows already have the tools it needs. Press start then type disk clean


A window like below will appear and click on Clean system files.


Disk cleanup application will start calculating you will see a long list so you may scroll down.


On the above images here what mine look likes, you may check them all and click ok, but what are we really need to check are Windows update clean up and Windows upgrade log files and windows created error reporting. Some of you may be shocked that some of this checklist is consuming a space of more than 10GB on your hard drive and your wondering I have 512GB HDD and I only have this space or if you have done the math and you didn’t know where are the missing space.


Over the course of days, months or years, Windows will compile all of its error reports and this will accumulate since we are not a Microsoft engineer and we will rarely ask for technical support from windows agent might as well take back that precious space. System cleanup makes take some time and find some other things to do.

3. Give our windows pc a virtual memory boost. We all know it since the release of Windows 10 the standard memory for a pc should be 4GB Ram, but it still took a lot of memory so this is how to give it a boost and you see will a lot of difference.

Open file explorer right clicks on this pc and click properties then click advanced system settings.

windows properties

cleanup settings performance

For the image below Click the advanced tab and click change.

perfomance options.PNG

Untick the automatically manage paging file, on the custom size put the number of rams you can afford to allocate, this virtual ram will be coming from your hard disk. That’s why we do a system clean up first. Normally 16GB will do depends on the application software your using. Then click set, click ok then restart the pc to take effect.

vram allocation

4. The last step is to clean up for adware, malware that we let loose unknowingly or somehow got inside our system this is where adwcleaner will come in handy. It will scan your system for any unwanted apps, plugin, folders that have any malicious code inside your registry, we leave the technicality to the guys at malwarebytes because it works and you may see it for yourself and in action. This software tools have always been trusted, I’m using this when I got an Annual Maintenance Contract for 40 PC to maintain twice a month and this software have helped me maintain those PC.


This post is related to my first blog post on essential things to do when you got a new pc.

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