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    Default Toasted Computer

    My Computer is toasted. I need to re install Windows 10? I have the flash drive but don't know how to use it? Can I install Windows 10 and keep the program? Or do I need to build the computer from scratch?

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
    My Computer is toasted. I need to re install Windows 10?
    meaning what?
    The O/S is unbootable? The hardware has died?

    What are the symptoms, after what did it happen?
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
    My Computer is toasted. I need to re install Windows 10? I have the flash drive but don't know how to use it? Can I install Windows 10 and keep the program? Or do I need to build the computer from scratch?
    If you boot off the USB drive, you can go into repair options, to repair/recover/reload
    Need to be careful, some repair options will wipe everything .

    Otherwise , if you reload Win from scratch , assume everything gets wiped .

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    If you boot off the USB drive, you can go into repair options, to repair/recover/reload
    Need to be careful, some repair options will wipe everything .

    Otherwise , if you reload Win from scratch , assume everything gets wiped .
    It is better to assume that everything is lost, less disappointment that way.

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    It won't boot off the USB. I tried the exe. and repair with keeping files and repair without keeping files. I doesn't work. So what am I doing wrong?

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
    It won't boot off the USB. I tried the exe. and repair with keeping files and repair without keeping files. I doesn't work. So what am I doing wrong?
    Have you set the boot order in bios to boot from the USB?

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    Is the USB capable of booting. It needs to be. You normally cannot boot from a USB with out the boot files.

    Plugging into the mains, do the lights come on to show you have power?
    Last edited by Bryan; 19-03-2021 at 02:47 PM.

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    If you want to keep some of the files. Back them up by taking the HDD out and plugging into another PC.

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    Default Re: Toasted Computer

    I nearly got caught out with this as I used a USB3 drive but the computer I was working on could only boot from USB2 due to its age. I was installing Linux but still the computer was just too old for the drive I tried first.

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