Windows 10: What to delete/format?

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  1.    26 Feb 2017 #11

    dencal said: View Post
    Open disk management, right click on each drive then click on "open" will reveal everything on drive.
    I'm installing from startup ie no Windows currently installed.
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       26 Feb 2017 #12

    Hopefully someone else can assist you.
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  3.    26 Feb 2017 #13

    CandleJakk said: View Post
    I'm installing from startup ie no Windows currently installed.
    Do you want to 'wipe' the machine clean and start from scratch?

    If so, include all your specs and lots of details of what you want to do and how you plan to do it.
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  4.    26 Feb 2017 #14

    Edwin said: View Post
    Do you want to 'wipe' the machine clean and start from scratch?

    If so, include all your specs and lots of details of what you want to do and how you plan to do it.
    No, I don't intend to start from scratch. My machine came pre-installed with Ubuntu. I tried 'upgrading' Windows through Usb ISO, but it wouldn't. I'm stuck in 'custom' not knowing what to do.
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       26 Feb 2017 #15

    You cannot install windows on the drive you are attempting to in the screenshot posted 3GB is not enough space - I believe the absolute minimum is around 32GB though I normally allocate at least a 128GB Drive, (ssd), but these days I go with a 256GB drive (SSD).

    I would suggest you back-up any data you wish to keep and wipe the disk completely and install to a totally clean system and let windows sort things out as part of the install, It will allocate and create at least two partition, a System Reserved and an OS partition. The OS partition will be the size of the disk minus 500 MB for the System Reserved partition, ( used for boot and recovery systems ). Once you have the system running you can shrink the OS partition to a suitable size, 128 - to 256GB, and create a data partition with the released space
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  6.    26 Feb 2017 #16

    There's no data I wish to keep, but isn't wiping partition harmful in a sense. I mean, manufacturer drivers 'an all.
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       26 Feb 2017 #17

    If the system came with Linux loaded any drivers included will be useless to a windows installation, they are totally incompatible. What you should do is research that all the windows drivers are available for your system, and it is fully compatible with the version of Windows 10 you intend to install. You will need to go to the manufacturer of your system's site and check what OS's they support for that specific system. If they only support Ubuntu then is is very unlikely that you will be able to run Windows on it
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  •    26 Feb 2017 #18

    So ultimately, format/ delete partitions or both?
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       26 Feb 2017 #19

    Once you are sure that the system will run windows - then you should wipe the disk completely and start the install, I would advise that you download and store a copy of as many drivers as you can find on a USB stick, this especially applies to the network drivers. If you can connect to the internet by an Ethernet cable for the install this will normally speed things up as windows can check for updates and drivers, and check the key and activate the system during the install
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  •    27 Feb 2017 #20

    Yes, I'm sure it'll run Windows. How do I backup drivers? We're talking about Ubuntu drivers (since it's pre-installed). Will it be essential for Windows 10?
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