Windows 10: Win 10 Trashed / No Access / Want to Remove it

  1.    08 Jun 2018 #1

    Win 10 Trashed / No Access / Want to Remove it


    I've got a dual partition HDD, with Win 10 and Linux Mint. Screen shot image below. I'm also not sure which partition Win10 is in, although thinking that it's the large partition. Would appreciate if someone can interpret the partition labels.

    I can't access Win 10 when I reboot the desktop as it automatically goes into (I assume) an update. Yesterday when I tried it showed the Windows icon with the spinner and then the screen went gray, then black while the HDD light either flashed or was solid for a long time. I let it run and was still doing something after 9 hours. I had to turn off the PC to exit from this.

    I tried to restore from the boot menu and got this message:
    " Can't complete restore, error message # 0xcoooo102"

    When I tried to repair it, got the following message:
    "missing windows\system32\winload.exe"

    The last one is the killer, I guess. What I want to do is wipe the Win 10 partition and clean install Win 8.1. I don't want any version of Win 10 on my desktop.

    Looking for suggestions on how to do this as I can't get into Win 10 to begin with nor get on a command line.

    Here's some screen shots re the above:

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    Windows 10 Pro/Education x64
       08 Jun 2018 #2

    Hi,

    Near as I can tell, it looks like your windows partition is in an hibernated state, probably due to fast startup. To fix that, you'll need to reboot into the windows login screen and then hold down the power button for at least 10 seconds to fully power it down without saving a portion to the hiberfil.sys file (hibernation file). When you power it back up, boot it into linux and run gparted again which should not show that error again when you highlight the windows partition (/dev/sda3).
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  3.    08 Jun 2018 #3

    titetanium said: View Post
    Hi,

    Near as I can tell, it looks like your windows partition is in an hibernated state, probably due to fast startup. To fix that, you'll need to reboot into the windows login screen and then hold down the power button for at least 10 seconds to fully power it down without saving a portion to the hiberfil.sys file (hibernation file). When you power it back up, boot it into linux and run gparted again which should not show that error again when you highlight the windows partition (/dev/sda3).
    I did the reboot sequence per your suggestion and ran gparted again and here's the image. However, the error messages generated from trying to recover Windows while in the boot menu.

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    I'll try getting back into Windows again now.
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  4.    09 Jun 2018 #4

    After doing the gparted and rebooting, I still get the BSOD with the message that it's trying to repair Windows, shows the percentage of completion, and when it gets to 100% it says it will restart my pc. It doesn't.

    Strange, as previous messages said it can't be repaired.

    At this point, my question is: can I wipe Win 10 from the partition WITHOUT going into windows? How?

    Then I'll install 8.1
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       09 Jun 2018 #5

    rvnmedic68 said: View Post
    After doing the gparted and rebooting, I still get the BSOD with the message that it's trying to repair Windows, shows the percentage of completion, and when it gets to 100% it says it will restart my pc. It doesn't.

    Strange, as previous messages said it can't be repaired.

    At this point, my question is: can I wipe Win 10 from the partition WITHOUT going into windows? How?

    Then I'll install 8.1
    @rvnmedic68

    Yes, you can. There are tutorials here on Tenforums for clean installing Windows 10, the basics are the same for Windows 8.1. But, here's a tutorial on our sister site Eightforums.com that is specific to Windows 8.1. Have a look...

    Clean Install - Windows 8 Tutorial | Windows 8 Help Forums
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  6.    09 Jun 2018 #6

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    @rvnmedic68

    Yes, you can. There are tutorials here on Tenforums for clean installing Windows 10, the basics are the same for Windows 8.1. But, here's a tutorial on our sister site Eightforums.com that is specific to Windows 8.1. Have a look...

    Clean Install - Windows 8 Tutorial | Windows 8 Help Forums
    I looked at the 8Forums and it appears to be exactly what I need. Excellent detailed instructions with great visuals (I like pictures! LOL). I plan on doing this today. Thanks for the suggestion! Bob
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       09 Jun 2018 #7

    rvnmedic68 said: View Post
    I looked at the 8Forums and it appears to be exactly what I need. Excellent detailed instructions with great visuals (I like pictures! LOL). I plan on doing this today. Thanks for the suggestion! Bob
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