I can't remember if a Windows 7 or later computer was required to download the Windows 8 media creator. You want the Windows 8.1 single language download. I was able to start downloading without a network error.
Edit: You can wipe the drive using the Windows install media. When you boot the install disk or USB flash drive press Shift + F10 when you get to the Window that asks for your language. This will bring up a command prompt window. Type the following commands
diskpart This will bring up the diskpart command window
select disk X Where X is the disk number you want to install Windows to. If you only have one HDD it will be Disk 0
clean This will delete your partition table making Windows think you have a blank drive or you can do the following command instead
clean all This will zero wipe the drive. If you have a large capacity drive it will take awhile. Wait until you see the diskpart command prompt. This will indicate the wipe has finished
exit Exits out of diskpart
exit Exits out of command prompt
Continue with the install
Edited by JohnC_21, 25 June 2016 - 12:17 PM.