This all started several months ago. My laptop was stuck in processing updates for hours, even when I had got off work. I turned it off by holding down the power button, the I turned it back on. After booting up, it continued to process updates. I turned off again the same way I did the first time. Turn it on again, processing updates, held power button to turn off. I did this like 6 times because I was frustrated and wanted to just get to my desktop so I could do what I needed to do. Every now and then, I reset my laptop, reinstalling Windows 8. But after that incident, when it had come time for me to reset Windows 8, I could not do so, and it would say that the reset couldn't start because I was missing a partition. It had never ever said that before, which leads me to believe that would I did, corrupted the partition. Unfortunately, I don't even know what the fuck a partition is. I don't know about all those files you never see, or all the use of the command prompt. I just know how to use Windows. My computer still worked. I could use Photoshop and whatever I had installed on there, but I couldn't use the internet because it was so slow because I had been without Norton for months, and reinstalling Windows 8 always fixed this and made it as if it was brand new. But I couldn't reset. I tried multiple advised solutions that did not work, and I eventually blindly followed these instructions. "1.Boot from the Windows 8 install media (You must initiate this boot from a device labeled as a UEFI device, or the installation of Windows 8 will produce an error that the OS cannot be installed to a GPT partition) These UEFI boot devices will have a prefix UEFI: "name of your device", and show as a boot option in your UEFI. 2.After booting to the UEFI device you see the Install Windows 8 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt. 3.Type Diskpart, press Enter 4.Type List Disk , press Enter 5.Type Select Disk # (where # is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter 6.Type Clean, press Enter 7.Type Convert GPT, press Enter 8.Type Exit, press Enter. 9.Close the Command Prompt window. 10.Click the "Next" button. 11.Click the "Install now" button. 12.Put in your product key and click the "Next" button. 13.Accept the terms and click the "Next" button. 14.Choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)." 15.Select the partition and click "Drive options (advanced)" 16.Click "New" and then click the "Apply" button. Four partitions should appear. Click the bottom partition. 17.Click the "OK" button and then click the "Next" button. 18.From then on follow the on screen instructions till you get to the desktop. Note: If you can't boot after the install you need to make sure the boot is set to "Windows Boot Manager" in the UEFI. Also, important info" I followed that all the way up to #9... Then I realized, well Shit, wtf is this? Install now? Put in product key? I had a recovery drive that I had created with my laptop after it had missing partitions. That didn't work. So it wasn't an option. Not to mention I didn't see the option to install now probably because I didn't have a disk, and I also don't have a product key. So once I Shit off my laptop and turned it back on, I was presented with this lovely piece of Shit message. "Boot Device Not Found Please install an operating system on your hard disk. Hard Disk (3F0) F2 System Diagnostics For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startup" And that's the day my life fell apart and I started contemplating suicide on a grand scale. No but really, what the hell do I do now? Do I buy a whole new laptop? Do I buy a Windows Installation CD with a product key since I don't have the one mine came with 3 years ago? Do I just need a recovery CD or will that work but then end up requiring a product key? Come on geniuses, I know you're out there.