How to format Windows 8 without CD

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Format Windows 8 without CD from PC Settings

If you want to understand how to format Windows 8 without CD you can use the appropriate function attached to the section PC settings operating system. To do this, first access the Start Screen Windows 8 then click on the search field located at the top right, type pc settings and then presses on the first result that is shown to you in the list.


Now click on the item Update and restore located at the bottom left and then select the option Restoration from the side menu.


Then click on the button To start collocato sotto the dicitura Remove everything and reinstall Windows. Then choose whether to format Windows 8 without CD by removing only your files (this is recommended in most cases) or whether to perform a complete cleaning of the drive (this is a procedure to choose if you want to resell the computer) and click on the button Reset to start reinstalling the operating system.

The simple format procedure takes at least 15–20 minutes, while the more advanced one can go on for hours. In any case, you will not have to do absolutely anything, you will simply have to wait for the computer to restart with the new installation of Windows ready (almost) for use.

When the computer restarts, wait for the initial configuration of the devices to be performed, then follow the initial configuration procedure for Windows 8 that is displayed on the screen. Then choose the name you want to assign to the computer, the color you want to use as the background of the Start Screen, the settings referring to updates, those relating to file sharing and all other settings. If you prefer to use the default settings click on the button Use quick settings.


At this point, to complete the procedure by which to format Windows 8 without CD, enter your Microsoft e-mail address (Live, Hotmail or Outlook). The Microsoft e-mail address is essential to be able to use the cloud features of the operating system. If you are not interested in synchronizing data and apps between multiple PCs via Microsoft cloud services, you can decide to use a standard local user account by clicking first on Sign in without a Microsoft account and then Local account.


Finally, type in the username and password you want to use for your user account on the PC. If in the previous step you entered your Microsoft e-mail address, the username and password for the account on the PC will be the same as the login data of the e-mail address. To conclude the procedure then click on the button end. You will be able to start using the system after a short presentation of its features.

Keep in mind that if you intend to format Windows 8 without CD without deleting your data saved on the hard drive and your applications, you can opt for an alternative, so to speak, "softer" than what has already been seen. To do this, locate the voice Reinitialize your PC while keeping your files annexed to the section Update and restore di PC settings and then presses the button To start. Then click first on NEXT and then Reinitialize to restart your PC and allow Windows to restore its settings to their initial state.


Format Windows 8 without CD from USB stick

If it is your intention to format Windows 8 without CD using a USB stick the first thing you need to do is to get a pendrive for at least 4 GB (empty or anyway without important files inside as it will be formatted!). You also need a special one free utility distributed directly by Microsoft thanks to which it is possible to create USB sticks with which to install the famous operating system.

Then get a USB stick as I have already indicated, then click here to connect to the Microsoft website to download the program I was talking about. When the download is complete, double-click on it, open the file you just downloaded and type the product key of your copy of Windows 8.


Then connect the USB key to the computer, indicate that you want to create a USB drive for installing the operating system and then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the procedure. Then wait for the copying of the files to finish.

Know that the procedure for creating the USB key through which you can then format Windows 8 without a CD could take a long time. It all depends on the speed of your Internet connection. Once the process is done you can use the stick you got to boot and format Windows 8 without CD on your computer.

To install Windows 8 then close the Microsoft utility window that you used to create the pendrive with the operating system and restart the computer without removing the key. If it is your intention to format Windows 8 without CD using the pendrive in question on another computer, just insert it into one of the USB ports of the PC on which you want to act when it is still off and then turn it on by pressing the appropriate button present on the case. Proceeding in this way should automatically start the procedure by which you can install Windows 8 from USB.


In the event that the procedure to format Windows 8 does not start automatically and the copy of Windows already installed on the PC starts normally, it enters the BIOS and changes the boot order by setting the USB port as the first device following the instructions in mine guide on how to set up the BIOS.

Once the procedure to format Windows 8 without CD has started, select cityno from the drop-down menu for the item Language to install attached to the window that is shown to you on the screen and then sets cittàno (city) from the drop-down menu for the item Hour format and currency and then select cityno from the drop-down menu of Keyboard layout or input method. Then click on the button first NEXT which is at the bottom right and then up Install.


Now type the product key of your copy of Windows 8 in the appropriate text field and click again on NEXT. Then accept the conditions of use of the operating system by placing the check mark next to the item I accept the license conditions, and click once more NEXT.

At this point click on the item custom, select the drive on which you want to install the system, select the option Drive options (advanced) and then press on Format to format the selected partition. Then click on the button NEXT to start copying Windows files to your PC. After a few minutes the PC will restart by itself.

The first time you log in to the system, you will then be offered the initial Windows configuration procedure in which to choose the time zone, user account and Internet connection settings. The steps you need to take are practically identical to those already seen in the previous lines, when I explained to you how to format Windows 8 without CD using the Windows settings.

Once you have completed the procedure to format Windows 8 without CD and once you have installed the operating system again, you can finally resume using your computer as usual.

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