how to format all my laptop from another laptop or from bios

December 23, 2015 at 04:40:11
Specs: Windows 8.1
my window has corrupted... when i `m going to install another window so it sticks so i need to format all the drives but how??

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#1
December 23, 2015 at 04:44:32
What exactly is the problem? Perhaps we can help you solve that so you don't have to resort to reinstalling/restoring Windows.

However, if you're really set on that you should be able to restore the system to factory settings. What is the make/model of the laptop?


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#2
December 23, 2015 at 07:33:59
Yes, give us the background information. You don't format a computer from another one, or BIOS.

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#3
December 23, 2015 at 07:43:19
Also... Be aware (very aware) that a reformat or a Factory reset/recovery routine will erase "all" your personal files int he process. So unless you have them already duplicated elsewhere - off the present computer completely - best not to go those drastic steps (yet)!

There are ways to recover all those important files before going any of the above rather drastic routines. So, as per beachyhbt and Derek - post back with details of make and model of your laptop; and also exactly what is happening... Can you for example boot into safe-mode (press F8 a few/several times after the "splash screen - typically the name of the laptop manufacturer - appears.


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#4
December 23, 2015 at 11:02:38
Booting to Safe Mode Win 8.1:
http://www.digitalcitizen.life/5-wa...

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#5
December 23, 2015 at 15:56:13
You really wanna do this format thing?
This is not done from another laptop or BIOS. This can be done by your Windows 8.1 DVD only. By booting from the DVD for a reinstall, go for the new installation thing, not the repair or rebuildor whatever comes. Fresh install, thats what you want, right?
And ya, its true, you will lose ALL your personal data. So make sure you make a backup of everything.

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#6
December 23, 2015 at 21:43:28
You don't format a drive from. . . oh that's been covered. What do you mean by
'. . . so it sticks. . . '?

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#7
December 24, 2015 at 03:53:56
If your laptop didn't come with a Win 8.1 DVD (not many do) then you run factory restore from a recovery partition, or whatever media is provided. Without the make and model number of the laptop it is not possible to give more focussed advice.

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#8
December 24, 2015 at 05:07:34
maybe formatting with a linux distro/gparted would help? no matter what u would have to reinstall windows again.

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#9
December 24, 2015 at 05:44:19
Not necessarily so that one will have to re-instal windows again.. There are various options available that may allow a repair of the system. Not the least a true "repair installation - which is not run from Recovery Console.

Key item here I suggest is preservation of personal files etc; before setting about any serious recovery of a working installation?


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#10
December 24, 2015 at 06:48:44
if its a virus infection, surely there would be a risk even after repair.
rko says "windows is corrupted", if a virus attack happened and windows became unaccessible, t
a reinstall is a best bet. recovery options from built in utilities from laptop does not help either, im talkin from experience. once my PC hit marburg 5 years ago, only a reinstall helped, deleting every bit of my IGI, Hulks and Need For Speeds :(
btw rko didnt mention the cause of his corruption, if he would have done that, answering would have been more accurate. maximum corruptions are caused by viruses, so ive just mentioned the general case.
trying a bootcd-virus checker (like kaspersky bootcd) should be the first priority if its really a virus though.
Expert suggestions to my follow up are welcome :)

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#11
December 24, 2015 at 08:31:35
Agree with a Linux based virus scan. That would be one the paths suggested anon - based on more info from the OP... And there are other similar scans too that might be of value.

And I agree that a simple factory restore may not always resolve the issues - especially if caused by virus/malware... Similarly a true repair Installation may not either (if problem is caused by virus/malware).

Derek's suggestion is also worth to try; as as has been found effective at times...

Linux based virus scan; then safeguard data (via a Linux boot); then resolve the problems as posted?

But of course we are yet to hear again from the OP...?


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#12
December 24, 2015 at 15:21:43
jaysarma987

Re #10
Take a look at the work Johnw has done here on the security forum. He has fully cleaned many computers without repercussions.

My bleat about any type of full restore is the weeks and months it takes to get the computer back the way I wanted it again. Fine if you are happy with the operating system out of the box with a few additional files and programs. In my case after a few years my operating system is quite unlike anyone else's because I tailor the computer to do what I want not what MS says.

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#13
December 24, 2015 at 18:13:33
derek, I agree :) Johnw is cool enough, no words to describe his work :)

trvlr, I agree, Derek's suggestions are also very effective, and thank you for agreeing me :)

I once remember PMing Johnw about the HTML tags applicable in this site, he gave a whole lot of detailed explanation about this, I'm glad, I'm happy :) he is a great man. I wonder what he would have answered in this post.


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