Unable to reset Win10 PC from sign-in screen due to lost HDD.
This might get a little long, I just want to give thorough information. I purchased a Win10 desktop from friend-of-a-friend and had it shipped here. He didn't reset it beforehand, and he also removed his storage HDD before shipping it. I'm pretty sure "removed" just meant "unplugged and took it out while PC was off"... Anyway, I need to reset the thing, but it keeps failing each time and I suspect it's because it's looking for these files that I don't physically have and cannot obtain. I also cannot actually log into the computer because I do not have his information.
I could contact him and ask him if he'd let me have the pin, but I'd rather avoid this if possible due to privacy concerns. (I'm also not sure what I could do if I theoretically could access it anyway.) I could also try asking for the Win10 license key itself as well, but I a) doubt he has it because he was desperate to get rid of the pc due to a move, and b) again wouldn't know if it's necessary/what I'd need it for.
Basically, how do I factory reset this thing? Can I? I've tried so far: * Resetting it with both options, fully clean and just my files. Both have failed multiple attempts. * (In)specific error message is just "there was a problem resetting your PC. Undoing changes."
Some maybe-relevant information: * The boot drive is a 250gb Samsung SSD. * I don't know what the other drive was that he used for storage, only that it was specifically an HDD. * Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 * Processor: AMD FX-9590
So... What's my move here? It's near 7am and I've been up all night, so I'll check back when I wake up. Thank you for reading! <3 (Edit: formatting)
submitted by Kyuubism
Can someone clarify licensing of Windows 10 Education through Microsoft Azure (Education) through college email?
Hi, I realize these certainly aren't the most interesting threads, but hope I can tap in to the sub's knowledge a bit. I'm currently enrolled at a community college due to being laid off a few months ago. I will most likely only be enrolled this semester (ends mid December 2020). I noticed folks recommending to get a Windows 10 key through your school if possible if you're doing a PC build. I promptly looked up my own school and saw it was available through their respective OnTheHub online software store. When I checked again I saw it was gone, and found out through the school's IT that it's now available through their Microsoft Azure. I logged in there with my student account no problem. I'm having trouble finding a clean cut answer as far as licensing though. If I install Windows 10 Education using a key from here, will I ever need to worry about the license expiring or having to connect to the school's network to verify license or something similar? After asking my school's IT contact about this, he asked his MS Applications guy which just suggested looking at the terms and conditions basically. I can't tell if this is just a BS answer. Of course they state the license needs to be used in an education setting, blah blah blah, but I don't see anything else pertinent.
Also may be pertinent; the Windows 10 Education installation media size is like 4.7 GB when downloaded from Azure, which I'm sure a lot of you will know is apparently too big for a FAT32 USB drive for installation, without using some sort of work-around. I went ahead and used this
to make an installation USB drive so I'm hoping this will work for installation, along with the key from Azure. Thanks for any light shed on this!
submitted by runPMC72