I have this exact same question.
My computer is basically a brick at this point. I've done all the backup I need to, but I just want to see if I can get it up and running again.
When I start it up, it tries to boot, bluescreens, runs an attempt to fix itself, fails, and then gives me the option to do a recovery. (In other words, it's not completely dead - just something's gone terribly wrong.)
I've tried restoring from previous save points, but all of them have failed with "unknown error"s.
When I choose to wipe everything and just reinstall Windows, it says that the drive doesn't have enough space. (Which is saddening to me, since I told it it could wipe everything - I feel like it should at least wipe some stuff, or give me the option to tell it that it can wipe some stuff before reinstalling.)
I can access the command prompt through the advanced recovery options, and one of the answers to the question linked above says that I might be able to format the drive. However, after looking up the format command, it seems like I won't be able to format a drive that I'm using. But, I also don't know what this recovery is booted from, or if I can access
C: from wherever the recovery is booted from.
I do not have a Windows 10 install disc, and the codes that might allow me to access one have been smudged out on the bottom of my computer, otherwise I would just do an install from disc.
Overall, I essentially have two questions, the first one being the one I will accept the answers to.
- Is there any way to get Windows to reinstall if my disk is relatively full (less than 16 GB left)? (In my case, I have less than 1 GB left if I remember correctly.) (This is the question I think will be most helpful to the community. )
- What do you think is the best plan of attack in my particular case? (This will definitely be helpful to me, and may help people in similar situations as well.)