Help needed - need clean install after messing up w recovery drive

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    I have joined the usb drive's partitions and burnt the iso onto it. Might pass out soon since its coming to 1am here, so will continue tomorrow.
    I also tried to boot, and it did boot from the Dell recovery drive this time. However it didnt reinstall Windows, just booted and started my laptop like usual. How do I reinstall Windows from it?
    And, so you know, Im SO GRATEFUL for the help Im getting
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    it should boot into winpe setup ( that is image 2 of sources\boot.wim )
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    Maybe I should try to go from, i believe, settings>recovery>troubleshooting, where there also is an option to reboot from a drive.. Will continue tomorrow!
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    Find a flash drive that you can format ( > or = 8 GB)

    On a working computer create a bootable Windows 10 MCT) (Windows 10 iso):

    Download Windows 10 ISO File

    Move the bootable MCT to the problematic computer and boot to the flash drive > identify each partition > manually delete all partitions making an unallocated disk drive

    Clean install Windows 10 using a local account:

    Clean Install Windows 10

    Install the Dell Driver and Support Assistant > install drivers and upgrade the BIOS as needed

    Install applications

    Make free or pay backup images and save the images to another disk drive or the cloud.

    (Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon, etc.)
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    Linux:Debian, Kali-Linux... 2xWin8.1,1x7Pro, Retro:1x2003server.1xXPpro, 1xW2k,1x98SE,1x95,1x3.11

    SIW2 said:
    I dont know if it has a recovery partition.

    that is only for mbr disks.

    the 15 9560 he has is 7th gen and probably gpt disk. For gpt disks, it is usually accessed vis a bcd entry on the esp partition.

    there is direct link to recovery/installation media for that machine, but it is 2019. Maybe the dell recovery tool will offer something more recent.
    you has totally right.. i wrote it in pure reflex from back when i was working with customer computer service.. that was before 2009
    and i don't use UEFI myself, as it as it has no benefits only disadvantages.
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    Windows 11 Pro

    I believe in the K.I.S.S. principle. Just downloading and install Vanilla Windows from Microsoft.
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  7. Posts : 18
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    So. Im back to life, meaning my computer is identifying as Dell again! THANK YOU guys!!
    The auto-version from the Dell's recovery tool didnt work. I chose (using Dell's recovery tool) to make a recovery usb for 1) this computer (I was making it on the affected Dell), and 2) not the auto-version, but the version which lets you install Windows manually. Then I rebooted tapping F12, on boot menu chose UEFI boot and selected my USB drive, just as SIW2 was writing. When they asked what type of installation i'd need I chose Custom (advanced), installed it on the largest, Primary partition.
    It installed my Windows 10 Pro, and the digital Windows key was there too (I read it might be stored on motherboard and checked under installation), and I could choose my English language during installation too.
    So ofc I had to update to 22H2 from the previous Win10 version, but that was nothing. Im just really happy this is solved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    SIW2 said:
    you can download the official media for your model from dell

    service tag is under the little flap in the center on the back of the machine
    This answer was a lifesaver in my case! I found my solution on Dell's site
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  8. Posts : 4,559

    well done
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