Hi! I'm tearing my hair out. Long story short I am now on week three of Windows 10 Hell. But here is why I'm in this topic. I don't want Windows 10!!! I am happy to stay with my own tweaked Windows 7 until it just won't work anymore. I have it on two older laptops. But I got bored.... So I purchased this cute little Gateway 11" Notebook. It has been refurbished so it didn't cost an arm and a leg. It came preinstalled with Windows 10; and with the bare minimum of specs to run it. I wasn't expected a lot but I thought I might as well give Windows 10 a look-see. Gateway-GWTN116-1PR-11-6-FHD-Ultra-Slim-Notebook-7th-Gen-AMD-A4-9120E-APU-Radeon-R3-Graphics-2-4GHz-64-GB-eMMC-Storage-4-RAM-Windows-10-H ... (in S Mode) ... That was a nightmare in itself when an update killed my network driver, but that's a whole other story. I did get a working driver eventually in spite of the "S" Mode restrictions, which by the way, I couldn't opt out of until I got back online! So here's the deal: I'm trying to install Freespire or just about any Linux that I can actually get to install. If I can get anything to install then maybe I can replace it with Freespire. I have a history with Freespire from back in the day when it started out as Lindows, and I even paid for it. Microsoft objected. Now it's Linspire with the free version, Freespire. But back then I was also totally new to Linux apt-get this and apt-get that gave me a nervous breakdown so I went back to Windows. I have Linux-dabbled off and on through the years with Zorin, Kubuntu, Feren OS and probably a couple of others that I can't remember right now. I've used both Live and installed versions on a dual boot with Windows. So I'm not totally ignorant of how it works. But this new problem has me totally stopped in my tracks. Somehow, somewhere my boot has gotten messed up. Maybe I took out the Freespire Live USB too fast, thinking it has just frozen up. I don't know. Anyway, yesterday the Live USB would only boot to grub> _ what do I do now? Exit got me out and back into Windows. I spent most of yesterday trying to find something that might fix it. I've tried several grub> commands that seemed like they might help (from Google searches). No luck. I tried changing a bunch of stuff in the BIOS and in various combinations of changes, but I still end up in grub. I tried a Gparted boot USB and it worked! I think I had to use grub> exit a couple of times. But it came up. It got me to the partition tool, but nothing else would work like command or any other tools and options. So I tried just rebuilding the entire HDD. I tried both formatting and leaving it at unallocated. Nothing worked. On a lark I inserted my Windows 10 Recovery USB this morning and it booted up and actually reinstalled Windows 10. Great! I'll just start over and install Freespire from the live USB and let it overwrite everything. Not so fast. It still boots to grub instead of the Live USB. The Freespire Live USB is good. I've tested in my other laptop. The same with a couple of other Live USBs. None will boot on the Windows 10 notebook, but they are OK on my other laptops. What am I missing? Is there anything I can do? I am 76 so please don't get too technical and try to use small words. I really don't want to be stuck with Window 10. It will take days to get enough of the bloat uninstalled so I can open more than two folders at a time. And the network is almost as slow as the old dial-up connections. (I'm sorry. This really didn't end up as a long story short; but it couldn't be helped.) I forgot my manners. Thank you.