My brother has a Windows 10 laptop. I use Linux so I'm a little out of the loop when it comes to Windows. He's having problems and wants me to wipe it out and re-install it. Will I need to load the OS onto a USB drive first? If so where and how do I get to that menu? Or is it more likely to work like a tablet where everything can web wiped out and re-installed from the interface with no additional hardware needed? Thanks.
Install EaseUS and run it to shrink the system drive to something like 120 gig. Then creade a partition on the unused space and assign D: as the drive letter.
Relocate the folders
To folders you create on D: named
My 3D Objects
Apply all outstanding WIndows updates.
Then install Macrium Reflect and take a full image of C and save it in D:\Images
Once you have installed/configured your/his apps take another image. These two image files should be copied to an external drive. These will be used to reload a working and configured Windows system if the current system gets fubar.