There are many reasons as lớn why Windows can"t be installed on a disk, but it"s not immediately obvious as to lớn what those reasons are. Fortunately, there is a range of different fixes you can try to lớn get Windows installed onto your disk.

Let"s explore how lớn fix the "Windows Cannot Be Installed khổng lồ This Disk" error & the different forms that it can take.

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Why Does the "Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk" Error Appear?

There are several iterations of the “Windows cannot be installed to this disk” error. Identifying which iteration you are getting goes a long way khổng lồ figuring out what you need to bởi to get Windows installed.

The error occurs when your hard drive partition style doesn’t tư vấn your BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) version. BIOS has two versions: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and Legacy BIOS.

As you can likely tell by the names, UEFI is more modern while Legacy BIOS is pretty old. Each of these versions only works with a certain hard drive partition style. When there’s a mismatch, you get the “Windows cannot be installed to lớn this disk” error.

What Partition Style Will Work for You?

khổng lồ figure out what you need to vì chưng to fix this error, you need khổng lồ take a look at what the second sentence of the error message reads.

If the second sentence in your error message reads “The selected disk is of the GPT partition style,” it means your PC has a Legacy BIOS. BIOS doesn’t work with the GPT partition style, so you’ll need lớn convert lớn MBR.

If the second sentence in your error message reads “The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to lớn GPT disks,” it means your PC has a UEFI BIOS. You can install Windows only khổng lồ GPT partition style disks on an EFI system.

How lớn Fix the "Selected Disk Is of the GPT Partition Style” Error

If your PC uses Legacy BIOS, you can’t install Windows on a GPT partition disk. In this case, you’ll need to lớn convert the drive before you can install Windows.

Check Your BIOS Version to Confirm UEFI Isn’t Available

Before you vì chưng that, double-check khổng lồ see if your PC supports UEFI. You can check your BIOS version by going into the BIOS when your PC boots. Start your PC, and press the BIOS key. The BIOS key may differ among manufacturers, but the most commonly used keys are F1, F2, F10, F12, or DEL.

When you’re in BIOS, you’ll need to lớn look for the Boot mode. Again, there is no one step-by-step process here. You will need lớn look through all tabs, but generally, there’s a Boot tab, và this is where you’ll find Boot mode.

If your boot mode is set lớn Legacy & UEFI doesn’t appear as an option, you can’t use your GPT disk partition. At this point, you’ll need to lớn convert it khổng lồ an MBR partition table.

Convert an MBR Disk khổng lồ GPT

There are two methods lớn convert a GPT disk partition to MBR. Unfortunately, both methods wipe the data stored on the disk. Alternatively, you could use third-party software khổng lồ convert your GPT partition disk lớn MBR without losing data.

1. Convert From MBR Disk lớn GPT Using Command Prompt

You can use the command prompt if you don’t have any other operating systems installed on another hard drive. Chú ý that this method will erase all the data stored on the drive you’re about khổng lồ convert.

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Start by inserting Windows Installation Disk & wait for the Windows Setup screen. Press Shift + F10 to xuất hiện the command prompt. Type diskpart và press Enter. Type list disk to fetch a các mục of drives on your computer. Choose the disk you want lớn convert to lớn MBR. This should be the disk on which you want to lớn install Windows. You can choose the disk with select disk 0. Run clean then convert mbr to convert the partition lớn MBR.

CMD diskpart utility When you’re done, exit the command prompt. Return lớn the Windows installation and run the install again.

2. Convert From MBR Disk khổng lồ GPT Using the Disk Management Utility

If your system already has another copy of Windows on a different drive, you can use the Disk Management Utility on that copy khổng lồ convert a GTP partition disk lớn MBR.

Type Disk Management in the search bar beside the Start Menu. The first công trình in the tìm kiếm results will be Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions. Press Enter to mở cửa the Disk Management Utility. Find the disk you’re trying to convert from the menu displayed in the utility. Right-click on it and select Delete volume. Next, right-click on the same disk và select Convert khổng lồ MBR disk.

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How to lớn Fix the "Selected Disk Has an MBR Partition Table” Error

If your PC has a UEFI BIOS, you’ll need a GPT partition disk lớn install Windows. If you have an MBR partition, you’ll need to lớn convert it to a GPT partition disk.

1. Try to lớn Disable EFI Boot Sources

If you don’t want to lớn convert the partition, go to lớn the BIOS & see if it allows you to disable EFI boot sources. When you’re in the BIOS, navigate khổng lồ the Boot Order section and search for EFI boot sources. Disable it và run Windows installation. Once the installation completes, re-enable EFI boot sources.

If the option to lớn disable EFI sources isn’t available, you’ll need to convert the partition.

2. Convert From MBR to GPT Using the Command Prompt

The method we used to convert the GPT partition to lớn MBR also works here. The only thing that will change is the command in step 5. Instead of convert mbr, type convert gpt instead.

When you’re done with the previous steps, exit the command prompt and continue with the installation.

3. Convert From MBR to GPT Using a Windows Installation Disk

During the installation process, you’ll be asked to select a disk on which you want lớn install Windows. Select the disk you want to lớn install Windows to and click on Delete.

Next, choose the same disk and click on New & create a partition in GPT style. Click Next and continue with the installation. This should fix the error and you’ll be able khổng lồ move forward with the installation.

Disk Partition Error Solved

Hopefully, this solved your “Windows cannot be installed to this disk” error. There are various other issues you may encounter during the Windows installation process. However, they are almost always an easy fix.

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