How can I get Windows 10 again?

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  1. Posts : 57
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    How can I get Windows 10 again?


    Hi! I put Ubuntu on my laptop computer, when I experimentally used reset function that removed everything to start out fresh. I was forced to use the Ubuntu 20.10 installation disk I'd created some time back - in order to avoid being forced to logon to Microsoft site, as I always have an extremely difficult time with them, as they (and no one else) never fails to ignore any passwords I've tried to set up on their site. But now, I'm stuck with Ubuntu, and don't know that much about programming. I've tried out online methods for getting windows 10 installed in spite of Ubuntu being on there - but none worked. Probably because advice for some computers don't work for other computers (not all computers). If you can think of any easy way out of this situation, please let me know or give me ideas of what might help me get through this problem ok.

    I have several laptop computers. But this is the one I use most often. And our grandkids like this one the best. It's a Dell Latutude laptop computer.

    I have a Windows 10 pro installation disk I bought through Ebay, some time back. But I don't know how to get it run on my computer, as with Ubuntu on the computer, I get error messages on the computer, if I try to do it. Such as "that there is no such file."


    Thanks!
    Last edited by DebbyJ; 3 Weeks Ago at 10:48. Reason: tell more
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 33,090
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)
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    Hi, do you wish to have only Win 10 on that PC?
    Assuming you have a Windows PC, the easiest way (as per the tutorial) is to use the MS media creation tool (Google) and have it create a bootable USB drive directly.

    Then have your laptop boot from that to start the clean install procedure.
    Tutorial available - click Tutorials here at the top.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    DebbyJ said:
    I have several laptop computers. But this is the one I use most often. And our grandkids like this one the best. It's a Dell Latutude laptop computer.

    A clean install as dalchina suggests is the easiest way. As you have previously had Windows 10 running on this PC (and presumably activated) then you can skip entering a key if asked. As long as you install the same edition as you had before (Home or Pro) then as soon as it can connect to the internet it will activate from this PC's existing digital license.

    I like the Dell Latitude range as well, I have several and agree with your grandkids
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  4. Posts : 1,289
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Consider using one of your other laptops Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
    Refer to Option One: Use Media Creation Tool to create Bootable Windows 10 USB for Legacy BIOS and UEFI.
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  5. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    In a case like this I'd boot the Linux LiveDVD and GPARTED to wipe the internal drive or use the Linux .iso file as the Source and the USB Image Writer to create a bootable Linux Thumb drive and boot to it to use GPARTED to wipe the internal drive. Or download the GPARTED LiveCD .iso file to create the bootable CD to wipe the drive. After that I install Windows.
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  6. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2
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    There is no need to wipe your drive to install Windows. As stated, do a Clean Install of Windows 10 by downloading the Windows 10 ISO image and burning it to a USB Flash drive with the Media Creation Tool on the same page. Boot off of the Flash drive following the instructions in the link provided. In Where to Install Windows Delete ALL Partitions, so the drive is all Unallocated Space, then press Next and Windows will create partitions and format them during the install.
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  7. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 11 X64 Pro 21H2 22000.100
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    My preference would be to use the one-time menu to boot from the disc. (Or, better, from a USB flash drive. The DVD will work, but the install should be a lot quicker from a USB drive.)

    You do that by inserting the install medium of your choice and repeatedly hitting the F12 hotkey while the machine is starting up. That should bring up a menu that allows you to choose which medium to boot from.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 11,739
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    The reason I need for wiping a Linux-format drive is the partitions are formatted such that Windows can have issues with installing, a clean drive [as-shipped from the factory] helps assure a good install.
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  9. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1
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    Who is forcing you to log into Microsoft ?
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  10. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2
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    The reason I need for wiping a Linux-format drive is the partitions are formatted such that Windows can have issues with installing, a clean drive [as-shipped from the factory] helps assure a good install.
    This is a good step, but not necessary if you are deleting all the partitions in the Windows installer removing all Linux format partitions. Then End Result is still the same.
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