Reformatting your laptop may sound way too technical for you to consider trying it. But I am here to tell you that this is a process you should familiarize yourself with. It is really an easy process, especially with the advent of Windows 7. I highly suggest if you still don’t feel like you should bother with it to continue reading and educate yourself on the benefits of reformatting your computer.
When you shop for new laptops under 500 you will find that many of them come with additional software from the manufacturer. Much of this software is stuff you don’t want, will never use, and probably loads on start up which can seriously lengthen start up time. The solution for all new computers is to reformat the hard drive, thus returning your laptop to a truly clean, pure, vanilla state. After performing necessary updates, like Service Pack 1, I highly recommend creating a system image which you can restore from later in case something goes horribly wrong.
The next time you will want and more likely need to do a reformat is if you buy a used laptop. Even refurbished laptops under 200 dollars may have the some remains of the old users files and possibly any viruses, trojans, or other bad thing you don’t want stealing your identity. When buying or even inheriting someone else’s computer you must reformat to protect yourself.
Now let us pretend that you have had a laptop for a number of years and you have found that it is getting slower and slower as the days pass. This is not some hardware problem, rather it is the burden of age. Every time you install a new program it adds to the number of operations your computer must do every second it is operational. Even when you uninstall programs there may still be traces of them that slow you down. So in this case think of reformatting your laptop like an oil change on your car. It is just something that has to be done every so often to remain at peak performance. If, as I suggested when you bought the laptop new, created a system image you can be back up in running in just minutes.
The reasons are there. Spend a few minutes and learn how to reformat your laptop.