How do I reformat entire computer?

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  1. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,512
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #11


    1. Booted from USB
    2. did not get the screen shown in the tutorial
    Can you take a picture of the screen with your phone or digital camera and post it here so we can see it please.
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  2. Posts : 304
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.19041 Build 19041
    Thread Starter
       #12

    See the attached JPGs. The first one is pictures of my computer screen where I set in BIOS to boot from USB. The first pic on that slide is the file information for the only executable on the USB drive.

    The second slide shows most of the steps brought upon by the executable on the USB drive.

    The BIOS screens are a little foreign to me based on my experience with other computers, but I believe that I have my computer booting from the USB drive.

    Let me know if I'm wrong and how to rectify my error. The slide components are cropped images from my camera. I can expand any of the components if needed so that you can read them more clearly.

    Thanks.

    How do I reformat entire computer?-slide1.jpgHow do I reformat entire computer?-slide2.jpg
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  3. Stitch194's Avatar
    Posts : 430
    Windows 10 Pro
       #13

    You shouldn't have to, but, it appears something went south. Personally, I would reinstall the recently created MR image. And follow the tutorial again. It should meet your needs.
    Fresh Start Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,515
    Windows 10 Pro
       #14

    On a computer that is running Windows normally, you need to click on Download Tool Now on this page:
    Download Windows 10



    Save the downloaded file to the hard drive.
    Insert a USB flash drive that can be erased with a size of 8-32 GB.
    Then run the file that was saved from the hard drive.
    Select the option to Create Installation Media:



    and let the program create an installation USB flash drive for you:



    Then boot the computer with the problem from the USB flash drive that gets created.

    Right now you don't have a bootable USB Windows 10 USB flash drive. All you have is a flash drive with the media creation tool saved on it.
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  5. Stitch194's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #15

    Now I see that you ran setup.exe from the flash drive as mentioned in post #10 by the ever observant @NavyLCDR.
    Follow the instructions as posted by @NavyLCDR in post # 14 and you will have a fresh clean install.
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  6. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 3,855
    Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2
       #16

    Yes, it does not look like you are booting from the USB stick.

    Create the USB installer again.

    Than, with the USB stick in, use the 1 time boot key (usually F8) to bring up the boot menu, there should be 2 USB stick options, choose the UEFI USB option.

    And the install should start.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #17

    ...with the USB stick in, use the 1 time boot key (usually F8) to bring up the boot menu, there should be 2 USB stick options, choose the UEFI USB option...
    The OP's specs say they have an Acer. On my Acer laptop the one-time boot menu is F12, googling suggests all Acers use F12. Apparently on some Acers you may need to enable the one-time boot option before you can use it. To do that use F2 at boot to enter the bios.
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  8. Posts : 304
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.19041 Build 19041
    Thread Starter
       #18

    Thanks to all again for sticking with me on this. After using MR to re-get my computer back to where it was, I see that it does work. A comfort. But a circular routine with my computer back to where it was at the beginning of this journey with one possibly exception - My boot and associated drives are still dynamic. Maybe they were initially, but I doubt it. I think that I changed from basic to dynamic in a recent attempt to reformat my computer..

    I'll now continue to do the recommendations posted by NavyNCLDR. Of course I'll report back.
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  9. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 3,855
    Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2
       #19

    Ya you`d have to watch the screen when you turn on the PC, it should show you 2 quick options

    F2 or Del to enter setup

    And another key to bring up the Boot Menu, I just used F8 as an example, but you have to watch the screen and it will show you.
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  10. Posts : 304
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.19041 Build 19041
    Thread Starter
       #20

    According to instructions

    • Save the downloaded file to the hard drive.
    • Insert a USB flash drive that can be erased with a size of 8-32 GB.
    • Then run the file that was saved from the hard drive.
    • Select the option to Create Installation Media:
    • and let the program create an installation USB flash drive for you:

    What I did and results

    • Tried the above approach
    • Downloaded MediaCreationTool1809.exe to my hard drive
    • Got a return message after "Creating Windows 10 Media" completed (took maybe an hour) that something went wrong. (see screenshot)
    • Checked the contents of the USB drive and got the message that it needs to be reformatted (see screenshot)
    • Tried the routine again after formatting the USB drive and got the same result and error messages. How do I reformat entire computer?-2018-12-03-1-.pngHow do I reformat entire computer?-2018-12-03-2-.png
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