How to Format an Aspire Acer

By T.M. Wit

Formatting your computer should be a regular part of your system maintenance on your Acer Aspire laptop computer. Formatting is useful if your computer is infested with viruses or with spyware. It is also a useful tool for basic maintenance, as your hard drive will perform more efficiently if it is formatted regularly. Formatting will also clean out any old drivers that are still hogging system resources. By following these simple instructions, you will successfully reformat your Acer Aspire.

Things You'll Need

  • Acer Aspire laptop
  • Windows installation CD
  • Valid Windows product key

Step 1

Enter your Windows OS installation CD into your Acer Aspire laptop's CD ROM drive, then reboot your computer.

Step 2

When your computer restarts, instead of booting up normally, you will now see a Window's “Welcome” screen; press “Enter” to continue. The next screen will show you the Window's licensing agreement; read it thoroughly then press "F8" to accept it.

Step 3

You will now see a screen that shows you a list of all of your hardware partitions. Tab down to the hard drive you would like to reformat and press the “D” key to delete it. Before completing this step, make sure you have backed up any information you need, as this will erase your computer completely.

Step 4

Once you have deleted your hard drive partitions, you will now see a drive labeled “Unpartitioned Space.” Press "Enter" to begin installing Windows on your Acer Aspire laptop.

Step 5

The next screen will give you several options for installing Windows. Choose the option labeled “Format the partition using the NTFS file system” and press “Enter.”

Step 6

You will now see a Window's installation screen. Follow the instructions and enter your product key. Windows will now begin automatic installation. Wait until the process completes and your computer restarts. This may take as long as an hour to complete. You have now successfully reformatted and reinstalled Windows on your Acer Aspire laptop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not turn off your computer at any point during Windows installation, as this will corrupt the installation process.