How to Install Windows 10 on GPT Partition

Tracy King updated on Nov 13, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1. How to Install Windows 10 on GPT Partition
Part 2. GPT Partition Style Preventing Windows 10 Installation
Part 3. How to Protect Your GPT Partition Data

Part 1. How to Install Windows 10 on GPT Partition

Things could be easier if you are looking for ways to upgrade to Windows 10. But if you are looking for ways to installing a new operating system from scratch, or reinstalling a fresh version of Windows 10 on a GPT partition, you are in the right place. You can upgrade/update to Windows 10 on your PC if you already have Windows 7 or 8.1 installed. If you want to install Windows 10 on an empty GPT partition, follow the steps below:

Also read: MBR VS GPT

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You need to prepare an empty USB (8GB min), download Windows 10 ISO file and get the Windows product key (activate after the installation) before you start the steps. What's more, make sure that you can boot into UEFI mode.

Step 1. Download the media creation tool, create a Windows 10 installation media on an empty USB (min 8GB).

Step 2. Connect the USB to your PC and boot the PC. 

As the firmware starts to run, press the key that opens the boot device menu. For example, press the Esc, F2, F9, F12, or another key to enter the firmware or boot menus.

Step 3. Boot into UEFI mode and locate the boot options menu.

  • Set Launch CSM to Enabled. If CSM is set to Disabled, you can skip to Step 4 below
  • Set Boot Device Control to UEFI Only
  • Set Boot from Storage Devices to UEFI driver first

boot to uefi mode and locate the boot options menu

Step 4. Save your changes and restart the system to reenter the interface (for example, using F2 or the Delete key). Confirm in the Boot Priority List that the USB UEFI OS Boot option is at the top of the list.

comfirm the boot priority is uefi

Step 5. Reboot the system and install Windows 10.

1. Choose which media to use.

choose your use to boot from

2. Set language, and other preferences.

set your windows 10

3. Skip entering a product key and select "Install Windows only". Select to install Windows 10 to the GPT partition, wait for the process to complete.

start to install windows 10

Step 6. Confirm that Windows 10 is installed on a GPT partition.

  • Boot into Windows > Open "Disk Management".
  • You see three partitions including the EFI System Partition.

check your windows 10 on gpt partition

  • Right-click the disk > select "Properties > "Volumes". Here you can confirm the Partition style:

see the installation details on gpt partition

Part 2. GPT Partition Style Preventing Windows 10 Installation 

Since the release of Windows 10, the reports can't install Windows 10 on GPT partition with the error message "Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style" is continuing. Here's a real case:

"I have upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, and now I wish to do a clean install. Then I burnt Windows 10 to a disk. When I was trying to do it, I get a problem with an error message "Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style." Is there any way to fix the issue and install Windows 10 on GPT partition with success?" 

This is one of the common errors occur during Windows installation. This error occurs due to two main reasons:

  • The motherboard of the device doesn't support UEFI, it only supports BIOS.
  • Your motherboard supports UEFI, but you didn't boot to UEFI mode.

There are two ways you can choose to get your problem solved. Carry out the one best suited to your needs.

Method 1. Convert GPT to MBR

If the motherboard itself doesn't support UEFI, the only way to solve your problem is to convert GPT to MBR. You can use Diskpart to convert GPT to MBR, but it's not recommended for some limitations and disadvantages. 

1. It requires users to wipe and reformat the GPT disk for Windows 10 installing. Then you have to do an extra job - back up your files in advance. 

2. Diskpart is a command prompt tool with the non-graphic interface, it is difficult for average users to operate. 

So, converting GPT to MBR using EaseUS partition software without losing data is our suggestion. EaseUS Partition Master can directly convert GPT disk to MBR disk without any data loss (hard disk with the system installed is also supported). This partition magic software takes the risk and difficulty out of converting GPT to MBR, converting MBR to GPT, and resizing partitions on hard disks. It can be used without any special training. Follow the steps to solve your problem:

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Install and open EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer. 

open EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Right-click the GPT disk that you want to convert and select "Convert to MBR". Then, you will add a pending operation.

convert GPT to MBR

Step 3: Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top-left corner. Next, click "Apply" and begin to convert GPT disk to MBR. All data is safe with EaseUS partition manager software. 

convert GPT to MBR

After that, you can install Windows 10 again. 

Method 2. Boot to UEFI Mode

Things could be easier if your motherboard supports UEFI. If you didn't boot to UEFI mode, you can now boot to UEFI:

  • Boot the PC and press the key (Esc, F2, F9, F12, or another key) to enter the firmware or boot menus.
  • On the boot device menu, select "UEFI USB Drive". Save settings and exit BIOS.
  • Continue to install Windows.

In Part 1 we have mentioned it in detail, you can refer to part 1 to see the details.

Also read: Fix UEFI Boot Errors in Windows 10/8/7

Part 3. How to Protect Your GPT Partition Data (Extra Tips)

If you have data on your GPT partition and you want to install Windows 10 without losing data, this part would do you a great favor. Here's a real case from Microsoft:

"I have a hard disk with a GPT (GUID) partition table. I cannot install Windows 10 on this drive unless I first delete all the data on it why?"

You may encounter data loss if your GPT itself has data on it. The best way to get you out of this problem is to clone your partition to an external device before you take any actions. Then, after the Windows 10 installation, you can restore your data from the external device. EaseUS Partition Master makes it effortless to clone/migrate partition, follow the details to protect your GPT partition data:

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer, right-click the partition you want to copy, and choose "Clone".

Clone Partition - Step 1

Step 2: EaseUS Partition Master will select the unallocated space on your computer as the target partition automatically. Check it and click "Next" to continue.

Clone Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you can adjust the size of the target partition according to your needs. After that, click "OK".

Clone Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start cloning your partition.

Clone Partition - Step 3

After you have installed Windows 10 (Part 1), you can restore the cloned data to your GPT partition.

Conclusion

You can successfully install 10 to a GPT partition if you have followed our instructions. If you are faced with "The selected disk is the GPT partition style" error, you can refer to Part 2. By the way, protect your data to avoid data loss is also of great importance.

 
 

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