Hey everyone, me again.
Can someone explain to me the different options that are available in UEFI?
I am attempting to do a complete reinstall on Win 8.1, and I want to make sure ALL old files are gone, everything wiped clean and get a good, fresh, start. I don't want to mess anything up after installation by installing the wrong drivers, malware programs, etc., and leave my laptop vulverable as I did the last time.
I'm running a Dell Inspiron3521 (late 2012), pre-installed with Win 8, upgraded to 8.1. I have a bunch of corrupt files, damaged files/partitions, (and not able to run DISM without error codes), among some registry issues. At this moment, I DO have internet access on the laptop. BUT, it will not let me download anything, cmd prompt is not working properly, or will not let me run sfc /scannow or DISM /online.....etc. ..
I have a LOT of files that have dates prior to 2012 (age of computer), which I don't understand. (I think these files were also reaping havok when I would do a restore because they were dated prior to restore, they would automatically get restored whether I wanted them to or not.
Here are my main issues with the laptop:
1. Windows Explorer - I can not seem to delete any files, change ownership/permissions, or move them.
2. Cmd Prompt (W/admin)- I can't run DISM or sfc /scannow. I get error messages on both. (Error says that there is missing information for help to type DISM /?.
3. Upon running DISM.exe, I get the error, and when I look at the DISM.log file, I'm seeing a lot of strange entries, different dates, for example:
One 2015-06-12 18:21:33, Info DISM PID=5676 TID=960 Temporarily setting the scratch directory. This may be overridden by the user later. - CDISMManager::FinalConstruct
Seems I have a WIMManager, and I see one entry in which reads:
2015-06-14 12:25:32, Info DISM DISM Manager: PID=1224TOD=2420 Successfully loaded the ImageSession at "C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\C9EA5137-B69C-4F38-87B5-D56B70BB7D69" - CDISMManager::LoadRemoteImageSession
Looking ^^^^^ up at this ^^^ ...so someone IS remotely operating my system files? Does this mean if I do the clean install that whoever is doing this can continue to do so?
Everything I know, I have learned by searching online. I do NOT know the ins/outs of command prompt or powershell. At one point, I was able to load powershell and it seemed to have a lot of options/abilities. But, when my intruder saw I had it pulled up, it disappeared as fast as it came. I no longer was able to have all of the 'get' cmdlets, nor all the abilities I did before. (Not that I really understood them anyway, but i COULD have if given the chance and need to do so).
With this being said, can someone PLEASE help me, step by step, (like a 'How to do clean install w/USB, using UEFI for dummies type of thing")???
I have these options in UEFI Boot:
UEFI Onboard LAN IPv6
UEFI Onboard LAN IPv4
Peripheral Device Setting (OPROM Setting)
Change Boot Mode Setting >>>> (when i click this one the screen options are: Change Boot Mode To:
Legacy Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off or UEFI Boot Mode, Secure Boot On.
*Before, I had another boot option, which was CD/DVD Rom, as well as my actual hard drive (STL5...) listed, in which those are no longer an option now.