Never-ending nightmare for Windows 11 newbie, please help.


Following this now as I am also curious about this one....Seems I being doing it wrong perhaps?
You probably havent't been doing it wrong. It is not necessary to delete all existing partitions. It is fine to point setup at the partition of the previous windows. If you leave the previous namespace folders on the target, they will be moved to windows.old folder ( asuming there is enough free space on the partition) . If you format the target partition first, then obviously you wont get a windows.old folder.

I think the confusion arises because if the target disk is a different mode, then deleting all the partitions coaxes setup to continue. E.G if the install media is booted in efi mode and the disk is in mbr style.

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I dont usually bother using windows setup.exe . Mostly I just apply the image myself, though I am a bit lazy and whack it on with with an easy gui like dism++ . Others work fine as well, for example gimagex. JFX neat little program called Winntsetup is very useful for anyone a bit beyond beginner stage.

for example I used dism++ in the post below because I cant be bothered with the dism commands and it looks nice

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his is a screenshot of my current partitions. My understanding is that I should delete Windows (C:) and leave the other two partitions as they are. Is this correct?
No. With a clean install you delete all partitions. You choose the unallocated space when it asks where you want to install windows. The installation process will create the partitions it needs.

Some of the techies here are throwing a lot of unnecessary stuff your way. With the problems you are having you need to do a straight-up clean install.
Brink has left nothing out of his clean install tutorial. Follow it exactly. He tells you how to create a local account rather than a MS account.(That's the only part of the procedure that you might need to read several times.)

Sir, please do not take this the wrong way but I can see you are still somewhat confused about the process. If you do not feel comfortable about it, rather than all the unnecessary stress, may I suggest you seek assistance from a family member or friend who has some experience.
 

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No. With a clean install you delete all partitions. You choose the unallocated space when it asks where you want to install windows. The installation process will create the partitions it needs.

Some of the techies here are throwing a lot of unnecessary stuff your way. With the problems you are having you need to do a straight-up clean install.
Brink has left nothing out of his clean install tutorial. Follow it exactly. He tells you how to create a local account rather than a MS account.(That's the only part of the procedure that you might need to read several times.)

Sir, please do not take this the wrong way but I can see you are still somewhat confused about the process. If you do not feel comfortable about it, rather than all the unnecessary stress, may I suggest you seek assistance from a family member or friend who has some experience.
In my very first post, I stated that I had enlisted the help of paid support. Paid support used BloatyNosy and, now without any doubt whatsoever, that is how I ended up with Edge, Chrome, and parts of Win 11 being managed by your organization. It was this experience that led me to try and do things myself. Additionally, if I had any other help available at all, I wouldn't have had to resort to paid support in the first place.

I, again, sincerely apologize for my ignorance and for being a nuisance. I will move on.
 

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You are in no way a nuisance. This is what we do most every day. As your responses progressed I felt your anxiety was building and worried that you might be getting too stressed out to deal with it. But when the goin' gets tough, we folks of a certain age are tough and we get goin' don't we? :-)
 

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    DELL 0J37VM
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April Prism banned! Nice to see management take quick action!
 

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A nightmare, to read all this. 64 replies and no result. I have seen 12 years old kids installing Windows.
If you need an advice for each step it's very problematic to get it properly installed.
When newbies without any experience have BitLocker activated it's dangerous!
My 2 cent recommendation: There are hundreds of YouTube videos explaining the way how to do it.
Watch them and get familiar with the process.
Don't cry when you have to try it several times. I tried to install PROXMOX more than 10 times till I managed it.
 
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