By Ellie Twitter / Last Updated November 24, 2022

How do I remotely format a PC?


So my old PC is in storage at my parents’ house, and I’m planning on giving it to a friend. But, before I do that, I want to erase all of my old data on there and make it as fresh/fast as possible. The only problem is that I’m now working in another country and won’t be able to return until later in the year. My parents aren’t particularly computer savvy, so I can’t really instruct them on how to do it themselves. How do I remotely format a computer?”

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Previously, this appeared to be impossible. However, with the advent of remote desktop software, a tool that allows you to control remote PCs from any computer as long as it was connected to the Internet, you will be able to perform any task on a remote computer from your computer.

Remotely format a computer over AnyViewer

In this part, we’ll see how to use AnyViewer to remotely format a computer. The whole process is divided into two parts. Firstly, you need to remotely connect to another computer, and secondly, you can start to remotely format a computer.

Part 1. Remotely connect to a computer over AnyViewer

There are two ways to remotely connect to a computer over AnyViewer.

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Step 1. Download, install and launch AnyViewer on both computers.


Step 2. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 3. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 4. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in.

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Step 5. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then you can achieve a direct connection by clicking One-click control.

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Note: If you want to assign more devices to achieve unattended remote access, then you can upgrade your account to a Professional or Enterprise plan. Also, you can connect to another computer in privacy mode, which means you can black the screen and block the mouse and keyboard of the remote computer.

Then you can start to remotely control another computer.

Remotely Control Another Computer

Part 2. Remotely format a computer

In the second part, you can start to remotely format a computer. You can simply restore your computer system to factory default,

Step 1. Navigate here: Settings > Update & Security > Recovery, and click Get Started under Reset this PC.

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Step 2. You are then asked if you want to keep your files or delete everything. Select Remove everything, click Next, then click Reset. Wait until everything’s done.

Wipe Everything

But it’s worthy to note that this move only makes the data becomes invisible to the OS, they still can be recovered by data recovery tools. Therefore, we recommend you to use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, a professional tool that can wipe all data from a chosen hard drive (HDD or SSD) securely and permanently. Let’s see how to use it.

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Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click the drive you need to wipe and select Wipe Hard Drive.

Wipe Hard Drive

Step 2. Choose a method to wipe the hard drive. Here we choose Fill sectors with random data.

Wipe Method

Step 3. Click Apply in the toolbar to execute the operation.

Wipe All Data

After this, all the data that you want to erase has been wiped, you can give your old computer to your friend with no worry.


This post introduces how to remotely format a computer with the third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer. Basically, there are two steps. Firstly, you need to remotely control another computer using AnyViewer. Secondly, you can start to wipe your computer just like you’re actually sitting in front of it. Besides, a professional tool AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is also recommended to help you wipe all data from a chosen hard drive securely and permanently