Tried to wipe hard drives of PC & set boot drive to USB no windows OS

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    Tried to wipe hard drives of PC & set boot drive to USB no windows OS

    Hi there,

    For a little background:

    I have bought a 2nd hand PC from eBay and it came and was working fine. However, the original users documents, accounts etc were still all on PC. I wanted to do what I thought was a fairly simple task of resetting the PC to factory settings and wiping hard drives of all possible data.

    I followed the step by step guide within settings recovery, and selected remove all files.

    This did not work, so I then realised that reagents was not set to a file path at all. I created a file path of a usb and then created a recovery drive.

    I then went back to settings > recovery and everything was working fine. Until the PC restarted, and started up again, then I got an error that something went wrong.

    I then tried shift+restart. And tried recovery from drive, which also didn't work.

    But I think in this process I accidentally selected boot from USB also. So now, I can't reset or wipe anything or get past BIOS.

    All I want is to wipe my two hard drives and install a new windows 10.

    If someone could help that would be grand, I have tried for hours and days, following different tutorials and forums, but have had no luck.

    If any more detail is needed in parts or any extra information I would be more than happy to do my best to get that to you.

    Thank you so much to anyone that tries to help!


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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    The simple solution is to download the latest windows 10 ISO create a USB boot from that wipe all the drive during the installation don't enter a serial number it will activate from ms servers
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    Have to agree, using a working computer get the MCT/Media Creation Tool to create a Bootable USB Thumb drive [I use 8GB or 16GB drives] or the .iso file used to create the Bootable DVD+R or DVD-R disc to install Windows. When having issues with the internal drives I use the free GPARTED to create the LiveCD and manage/delete the partition/s. Windows has its similar functions but in most cases has to be running. For installing on a clean drive I just let Windows do its thing in creating partitions as needed. I also unplug any additional drives which serves to prevent issues, can always work with them after Windows is up and running.
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