If 32 bit, and the drive is formatted as MSDOS/MBR, (not GPT) then on an UEFI capable computer, should set UEFI (Bios) to Legacy or CSM mode.
Bought this laptop years ago from a dealer on ebay with W7 Pro on it, but never, ever used it. Upgraded it to W10 via a local pc guy privately. Sold it to a friend (at a big loss) he started using it but soon got the 0xc0000005 error code, which soon made the thing completely unusable by virtue of our attempts to correct that.
Neither of us wanted to go back to the pc guy, so I suggested wiping the hdd & installing the WW7 back onto it, updating that and then installing W10 free via link
I had successfully used already on ZedNet.
With the hdd in the laptop, it would not accept disk wipes like DBAN or Secure Erase owing to apparently requiring drivers for that laptop that presumably weren't on there by now.
So I removed hdd & wiped it externally vai my laptop with a usable wiper.
Then attempted to install the W7 from the disk i had used previously before the W10 was on there but again, it would not accept the installation owing to missing drivers.
I downloaded about 70 drivers from the HP site, onto a USB drive and inserted that when the OS installation requested it.
All I got was "drivers not found" ...
Getting close to the extremities of my pc knowledge, I imagine that perhaps the drivers aren't recognized because they are not "installed" onto the USB drive, only downloaded?
The problem there being I wasn't sure if they were "installed" on the USB drive whilst attached to my laptop, whether they would interfere with my laptop in any way (Lenovo Z380) ?
Ideally they would be installed while attached to the HP but this doesn't seem possible because without the OS installed, nothing can be achieved anyway.
Can anyone please kindly advise how I can get the HP functioning again, even if it's only the W7 for the time being?