The Win 3.1 is backward capatible with 2.0 so if it doesn't work that's not the problem. There are two partition formats used MBR & GPT or UEFI. A Win 10 from the factory PC would be set up to use GPT/UEFI and will probably ignore MBR formats unless you go into the BIOS
Turn on or restart the computer, quickly press esc, and then press f10
and change the Boot Options to allow Legacy Support. Also check if USB Boot is set to Enabled.
If you are not sure if the USB drive is MBR or GPT you can go into a Command Prompt and type:
Look for your USB drive. If it has an asterisk in the GPT column then it should boot without Legacy Support.
to quit diskpart.
I know you are tired of troubleshooting but:
There are diagnostic options that you can download from HP that will tell you if there is a hardware problem:
See Chapter 7 in the above.
Have you tried System Restore from the command prompt:
type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and hit Enter
Choose a restore point before the problem started.
Have you tried booting into Safe Mode?
(Reboot and when you see the maker's logo, hear a beep or it talks about F8, start tapping the F8 key slowly. Keep tapping until the Safe Mode Menu appears and choose Safe Mode with Networking. Login with your usual login.)
If that works then it's probably a bad driver or program that is causing the problem. The most obvious driver would be for the video so in the safe mode menu try Enable low-resolution video (640×480). Go into msconfig and try a diagnostic start. See if that works if so go back into
From a Command Prompt:
(Takes about 15 minutes to complete.)
Check for a bad file in System32:
Start, Run, sigverif, OK then press Start and wait for the program to finish.
When it finishes sort the output by date by clicking on the Modified column
header once or twice. Look for files with .exe, .dll or ,sys extensions that
were modified about the time the problem started.
Check for a bad program:
Start Run, msconfig, OK
Choose Selective Startup then
Go to Services tab and click on the box to hide Microsoft Services then uncheck
everything that remains. Go to Startup tab and uncheck everything. OK and
reboot. If it doesn't run faster then go back into msconfig and recheck the
things you turned off. If it helps then go back and turn on a few items each
time until you find the culprit.
Sounds like the problem is in the User so try creating a new user from the Command Line:
To add a user account to your computer: Type net user username password /add, where username is the name of the new user and password is the password for the new user account. For example, if the username is Bill and the password is Passw0rd, you would type net user Bill Passw0rd /add. Then press Enter
Now give Bill admin rights:
net localgroup administrators Bill /add
Go back to the login prompt and choose the new user.
It is also useful to run FRST from a Command Prompt:
If you recently added a program or driver you think that is causing the problem we can create a fixlist to remove the problem.
Finally consider going back to Win 10. It may not be your favorite version but if you add the Open Shell program to it then it looks and acts just like Win 7. This is easy to do
Download Tool Now and follow the instructions for
Using the tool to create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) to install Windows 10 on a different PC (click to show more or less information)