Question Can't install win 10 on older pc ?

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Hello everyone,

I have never built a PC before, neither have I ever installed windows on any computers either.
I am brand new to both, I got some older computers so I can learn how to build a pc and program one.
The computer I am working with will not let me install Windows 10 Home via USB.
I keep getting and error message (windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. installation cannot proceed)
The computer is working with a 160 gig SATA HDD that has windows 10 pro on it.
What I am trying to do is install a 160 gig intel SSD which is blank, & install windows 10 home.
The computer boots and goes to install i go through all the settings & partitions but then just as its finishing I get the (windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. installation cannot proceed)
Now I have read that I need to change the BIOS from UEFI to Legacy boot & disable secure boot.
My BIOS does not list either one of these. (maybe its called something else in my BIOS ?)
I have tried RUFUS but I am still getting the same error.

Can I update the BIOS so that it will have these settings ? (I checked HP's website and couldn't find any BIOS update, But maybe I don't know where to look?)
Can I bypass the BIOS settings so it will install Windows 10 ?
The PC currently has a working HDD with windows 10, how the guy I bought this PC from managed to install windows 10 on it is beyond me.

Like I say I am brand new and have no experience with programing what so ever.

System Model : HP compaq 6200 pro sff pc
Processor: Intel(R) core(TM) i3-2100 @ 3.10ghz
BIOS version/date: hewlett-packard j01 v02.06, 2011-06-09
BIOS mode: UEFI
RAM: 12 gigs

I know this can be done, basically I am missing something in the settings from what I gather.
That is why I have asked you all very experienced builders !

Thank you
 
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Mtop

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Conflict.
Above you state BIOS mode = UEFI
"My BIOS does not list either one of these. (maybe its called something else in y BIOS ?"
Well which is it ----- Very important!
If you don't have UEFI mode in bios then you must format the disk as non GPT or NTFS during installation.
So what do you have in bios?
 
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Conflict.
Above you state BIOS mode = UEFI
"My BIOS does not list either one of these. (maybe its called something else in y BIOS ?"
Well which is it ----- Very important!
If you don't have UEFI mode in bios then you must format the disk as non GPT or NTFS during installation.
So what do you have in bios?
in the BIOS under
Security
Setup password
power-on password
password options
device security
usb security
slot security
network boot
system IDs
system security
drivelock security

I must format the USB as a gpt or ntfs ?
like I say this all brand new to me.
 

USAFRet

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Are you doing this install with only ONE drive physically connected?

 
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Are you doing this install with only ONE drive physically connected?

I only have 1 drive connected 160 gig intel SSD
and I have a USB flash drive with windows 10 home on it plugged in
 
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FINALLY, I managed to figure this out.

I tried rufus, it failed everyway it could. GPT or MBR didn't matter.
Because the BIOS was so old, I had no option to shut off secure boot, or change to legacy boot.
after many tries with updating the bios I finally found a way to get it done.
I download the updated HP BIOS file
opened that and added to a folder on my desktop
In the DOS file copy the mm.mmMM.bin file.
Make a FAT32 USB
start pc and press esc until you get to the menu
the open utilities
flash system rom from USB
BANG I got BIOS v2.28 on the old ah heck
Then I used the windows 10 file from Microsoft and it installed with no hassles.

I figured this out by searching and reading a million different things & trying over and over.
unfortunately this forum was of no help to me.

This was the very first time I have updated a BIOS and or installed windows on a pc and installed an SSD.
For me this is a big deal, for some it means nothing as that's easy for you.
But for me with no one helping me or teaching me, I managed to figure this out doing my own research.
 
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