Just bought a new HP pavilion desktop with Windows 8.
I wish to totally remove Windows 8 and all data on the hard drive, remove any windows partitions, delete all data, and then install a fresh Linux.
Problem is I can seem to get to boot from USB or boot from CD.
It appears that Windows 8 added the following two "features":
- UEFI which substitutes what we have known as the BIOS
- Secure Boot which prevents anything but the installed operating system
How do I completely and totally erase all traces of Windows 8? Is it still possible to reformat the hard drive? I don't want a duel boot, I don't want to go back to Windows 7, I just want anything Windows gone.