Friend of mine gave me his laptop to troubleshoot. Turned out his Windows 8 was corrupted by a virus. When I tried to do a factory restore, found out the restore partition's corrupted as well (restore process stopped with error). The drive could not boot after that. So I said to myself, no problem, just reinstall Windows 8 from a disc. This is a cheap HP Pavillion laptop, I thought it's supposed to be easy to reinstall Windows. However, to my surprise, I found out the drive's using GPT, and I could not install Windows with the version of disc I have! The laptop also use UEFI instead of conventional BIOS.
So, what's up with a cheap laptop using UEFI and GPT, instead of the good old BIOS and MBR? Is this the new trend to be? Is this just a way to make people harder to reinstall Windows on their own? What if you want to change to a different hard drive, this could be a nightmare.
I am an old geek who's familiar with BIOS and MBR, and this is just foreign to me. Somebody please tell me, how do you do partitions in GPT and how do you reinstall Windows in this? Thank you!