had a rather eventful morning. i woke up, turned on my computer, and once windows loaded, it prompted that it needed a restart. i did so, and once it restarted, it stated that there wasn't a valid boot device, but the recovery partition still worked (very odd). after trying many things, i finally had to select the option to reset my computer, while leaving personal files. it took quite a while for that to complete, but once done, i am left with a stripped version of Windows 10.
this is a royal pain in the butt, but i saw no other option. i still don't trust my computer now, as it is fairly old, as computers go. >:(