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How to Format Laptop or PC Windows 7 Without CD (Full Guides)

How to format Windows 7 without CD? This post covers three ways to format a laptop or PC running Windows 7 without CD in step-by-step guides. You can format laptop Windows7 without CD with a partition management tool, Windows installation media, etc.

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Updated by Tracy King on Apr 09, 2024
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Microsoft has come up with Windows 11, which was announced recently through a huge event. However, most of us are still using the Windows 7 operating system. With the support for Windows 7 ending in 2020, continuing to use Windows 7 has been a security issue. That is exactly why you need to format Windows 7. In today's post, we will try finding out how to format Windows 7 without CD.

Why Do You Need to Format Windows 7

There can be several reasons that should necessitate the need for formatting your Windows 7. Some of the reasons and scenarios that you would need to format Windows 7 can be summarised as

You Are Preparing to Upgrade Your PC

If you are upgrading to Windows 10 or any other operating system, it is important to format Windows 7. However, in most cases, you do not need to format the disk, as the new operating system itself can handle the task during installation.

You can simply choose the files to keep and the ones to delete, and the installation media can take care of the issues and the files. A disk format is performed before copying the new operating system files.

You Want to Sell off Your PC

Selling off a PC can be one of the prime reasons why you would want to format Windows 7. This can be the right way to ensure your privacy so that you do not need to worry about any of your files being left once you sell off your device

Do note that the PC should be formatted beyond recovery. Anyone with powerful data recovery software can easily recover the data and pose a threat to your privacy. It is always advisable to ensure that all the data has been wiped off and overwritten several times.

Use Your PC as a Backup or Storage Device

Yet another reason that you would want to format your Windows 7 PC would be to use it as a storage or backup device.

The right way to do that would be to remove the old drive and install another operating system. Once done, you can re-attach your old drive and then format it from within the Windows interface. Do note that you cannot use Windows 7 as your operating system and format the drive.

While several ways can be used to format Windows 7, we will discuss the three commonly used methods here.

1. How to Format Windows 7 Without a CD by Using a Partition Manager

This can be one of the excellent options to help you format Windows 7 without a CD. We would recommend using EaseUS Partition Master as it provides you access to a powerful data erase feature. You can be assured of a complete data format so that it will never be recovered in the future.

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Here is how you can make use of the EaseUS Partition Master tool, first is creating a bootable USB drive of EaseUS, and then format Windows 7 in the WinPE environment. 

Create a Bootable USB Drive

Step 1. To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Then, correctly connect the drive to your computer.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and find the "Bootable Media" feature on the left. Click on it.

Step 3. You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click the "Create" button to begin.

  • Check the Warning message and click "Yes".

Step 4. When the process finishes, you'll see a pop up window, asking if you want to restart computer from the bootable USB.

  • Reboot Now: it means you want to restart the current PC and enter EaseUS Bootable Media to manage your disk partitions without OS.
  • Done: it means you don't want to restart the current PC but to use the bootable USB on a new PC.
Select if you want to boot pc from bootable usb

Note: To use the bootable disk on a new PC, you need to resart the target computer and press F2/F8/Del key to enter BIOS, and set the USB bootable disk as the first boot disk.

Wait patitiently and your computer will automatically boot up from the USB bootable media and enter EaseUS WinPE desktop.

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Once the process is completed, your bootable USB drive has successfully been created. You can use this drive for formatting your devices.

Format Windows 7 Without CD with EaseUS Partition Master Bootable USB 

Once the bootable drive has been created, the next steps in formatting your Windows 7 should be quite simple and easy with EaseUS partition manager software - Partition Master in the steps below.

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  • Connect the USB drive to the PC and perform the format and erase functionalities as per your preferences.
  • You will need to boot your Windows 7 system from the bootable drive. To do this, you will need to go into BIOS on your system and set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices." Once that done, restart your PC and let it boot from the bootable drive.
  • When the bootable drive loads, choose the option as per your preferences. You can either decide to wipe disk data completely or decide to format the drive with EaseUS partition management software. 

Step 1. Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2. In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3. Then you will see a warning window, click "Yes" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

2. Use Windows 10 Installation Media to Format Windows 7 Without CD for an Upgrade

If you are looking to upgrade to Windows 10 or even the upcoming Windows 11, you do not need to format Windows 7 separately. You can simply make use of the Windows installation media to install the new operating system files. The previous system files will be taken care of automatically.

Download the Windows 10 installation media and inert it into your system. You can create your installation media on a USB flash drive or even on any other external media.

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Change the boot options from BIOS. You can do this by moving into the BIOS settings for your computer and changing the boot order. Choose the appropriate boot order among CD/DVD-ROM drive OR USB based on how you have created your bootable drive.

Insert the media into your computer and power it on. The bootable drive will begin executing itself. Follow the instructions to install Windows 10. You can choose to keep the specific files or delete the files altogether.

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3. Format Windows 7 Without CD to Use It as a Storage Drive

If you want to use the old hard drive as the storage media, this can be the easiest option to achieve the task. In fact, you can easily achieve the task if you upgraded to an SSD drive and the operating system is installed on the SSD.

The steps involved in how to do it would include: 

Step 1. Disconnect the old hard drive from your PC.

Step 2. Connect a new disk to the computer.

Step 3. Install Windows 10 or any other operating system on the new disk.

Step 4. Re-attach the old drive to your computer.

Step 5. Boot your device from the Windows 10 hard drive, and then make use of the Windows Disk Management utility to format the older drive.

Right-click the Windows button and choose Disk Management utility. Right-click the drive you want to format and click on "Format".

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The Concluding Thoughts

Well, formatting the Windows 7 device should be quite an easy option. The plenty of options available for the purpose should ideally help you get access to a better understanding of the concept. We assume the three major or popular methods that have been outlined here should help you get access to the best possible functionality.

Just in case you are selling off your computer, we would recommend using EaseUS Partition master as one of the prominent options. It does provide you access to a high degree of safety in protecting your privacy.

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FAQs about Formatting Windows 7 without CD

If you have further questions about formatting Windows 7, follow the questions listed below and find answers here instanatly.

1. How can I format my PC without CD?

Back up all valuable files on the PC to an external hard drive in advance.

To format a system drive on a PC, use EaseUS Partition Master:

  • Launch EaseUS Partition Master and right-click on the system drive, select "Format".
  • Set a new file system format, and click "OK".
  • Click "Execute * Task" button.

To format a non-system drive on PC, use Disk Management:

  • Open Disk Management, right-click on a non-system partition and select "Format Volume...".
  • Set a new file system format and click "OK".

2. How do I wipe Windows 7 computer clean?

  • Run EaseUS Partition Master and select a disk on Windows 7, right-click on it and select "Wipe Disk".
  • Click "OK" and "Execute * Task" to confirm the wipe of the disk.

If you want to keep Windows 7, right-click non-system partitions to wipe. To wipe Windows 7 with existing disk data, repeat the above steps.

3. How do I force a Windows 7 format?

  • Open Control Pane, click "System and Security".
  • Select "Backup and Restore".
  • Click "Recover system settings or your computer' in the Backup and Restore window.
  • Select "Advanced recovery methods", and select "Restore files from a system image backup" or "Return Your Computer to Factory Condition".
  • Click "Backup Now" or "Skip".
  • Click "Restore" to force Windows 7 format thoroughly by starting the factory reset.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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Written by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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