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  1. Posts : 13,324
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #31

    I'd say you have a plan but keep in mind Linux may have used a different drive formatting so a truly clean install of Windows will be needed. If that fails one could download GPARTED LiveCD .iso file, burn to CD-R [not CD-RW], boot it and wipe the drive then try Windows again.
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  2. Posts : 73
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       #32

    hmm that sounds like a lot of crap to go thru. Is there a way to know if I have to do that, will the upgrade fail, or what? Thanks for your reply!
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  3. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
       #33

    fleet420 said:
    So as long as I have my Microsoft account password and the USB with the win10 on it I should be good to go....? Right? As long as 4G is enough memory then I want to try to get it done whenever someone has a minute to let me know I'm on the right path. The only thing I'm not sure of is how to actually begin do I have to get rid of Ubuntu before I try to use the USB, or do I just change it so it boots from the USB the start it with the USB and let it go??
    Any help is so appreciated.
    Ok, having a microsoft account will not help you to get an activated windows 10. If you have a certificate of authenticity on the computer with a key, you can use that key to do a clean install of Windows 10. Just download the Windows Media Creation Tool, and do a clean install from scratch. You can login with the Microsoft account, but that won't help you to activate it.

    Before you do this, however, you need to make sure the previoius windows 7 partitions are truly gone. You mentioned looking in BIOS, but that won't help you identify if the partitions are there or not, you need to use the linux disk partitioning tools to look at it. If they exist, then there are steps you can take to recover the partitions, then upgrade to Windows 10. If they are gone, then you will want to wipe the disk before attempting to do the install.
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  4. Posts : 13,324
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #34

    fleet420 said:
    hmm that sounds like a lot of crap to go thru. Is there a way to know if I have to do that, will the upgrade fail, or what? Thanks for your reply!
    It depends upon what you want to end up with, sometimes such things are necessary to clean up problems. Unless setting up a new computer there usually is no simpler way to get only Windows back to functioning but it depends a lot upon what a problem is.
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       #35

    Whoever you loaned your PC to -- do NOT loan them your car if you like the engine you have.
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  6. Posts : 14,018
    Windows 11 Pro X64 22H2 22621.1848
       #36

    Post#30:
    I lent it to a very good friend, her Son then took it and he put Ubuntu on it
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  7. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #37

    You will delete everything on the drive to unallocated space, that`s all you have to do.

    Just follow the instructions in the Clean Install tutorial
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  8. Posts : 161
    Windows 10
       #38

    Usually when you install Ubuntu it recognises Windows is already installed and replaces the boot manager with Grub (the default boot manager for Ubuntu) but doesn't remove Windows. Ubuntu is pretty friendly and welcoming of Windows in this regard because it doesn't automatically barge Windows off the hard drive unless you choose this to be so. The only way Windows was removed was if the person installing Ubuntu chose to commit to a clean install. This means he/she basically opted to format the entire disk, remove your then current Windows partitions, and then install Ubuntu on a clean fresh hard drive.

    In this situation there isn't much you can do except to clean install Windows. You can do this by getting your bootable Windows installation media (on CD, DVD, USB etc) and installing it back on the old fashioned way. That's the best option as there isn't much else you can do.
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