So today I bought a laptop that came with Ubuntu installed on it. It's a Dell Inspiron 5567 with an SSD. As I would much rather have a version of Windows on it, I decided to make a bootable USB to install it. After changing a few of the BIOS settings to enable legacy mode and disable secure booting, I finally got the computer to boot off the usb. When I go to choosing the partitions, I realized windows wouldn't be able to install onto any of the 4 partitions. From what I understand, this is due to how Ubuntu handles the MBR? The 4 partitions are: the system reserved one (~500mb), the partition the OS was probably installed on (~3 Gb), the free space partition, and some other empty partition. Anyways, I read that the recommended move is to delete all the partitions, until one last partition of unallocated space is left. I'm rather inexperienced when it comes to this sort of stuff, so I am unsure if this is a safe move.
Another related question is what would happen if the whole drive was completely wiped. There would be no boot manager and any of that I assume, so would the BIOS still be accessible? I realize that the BIOS isn't actually on the hard drive, so this is why I'm a little unsure about this. As a worst case scenario, could we install Windows 10 with no boot manager or anything on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.
Edited by dinnertable, 11 February 2017 - 07:44 PM.