How to Install Windows 10 on GPT Partition

Tracy King updated on Dec 19, 2018 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

GPT Partition Style preventing Windows 10 Installation

"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, but, when I was trying to do it, I get a problem with 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?" 

What is the best way to install Windows 10 on GPT partition

Since the release of Windows 10, the reports of 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. It makes how to install Windows 10 on GPT partition become a hot topic. Here we offer you two options to fix Windows won't install on GPT drive error and get the Windows 10 successfully installed on GPT partition.  

Option 1. Reboot the PC and change BIOS mode from UEFI to Legacy. This option lets you keep the existing GPT partition style. 

Option 2. Convert GPT to MBR to be able to use the PC's firmware features.

Here option 1 is for advanced user as it is a little bit complicated. So, here, we would like to introduce the second option other than the first one in details. And if you want to learn more about method one, you can refer to how to fix The Selected Disk is of the GPT Partition Style in Windows 10/8/7.

Convert GPT to MBR to install Windows 10 on GPT partition

Method 1. Convert GPT to MBR with Diskpart

1. Insert the Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Boot from the disc by pressing any key at the "Press any key" screen.
3. Go to "System Recovery Options" page and click "Command Prompt" option.
4. Type: Diskpart and then press "Enter" to open the Diskpart command line.
5. Input: list disk to check hard disk properties. Pay more attention to the capacity of a hard disk to select. Usually, disk 0 is the hard disk, and disk 1 is the USB drive where wins 7 installs.
6. Input: select disk 0 to select disk 0 as the disk that is operating.
7. Input: clean to clean up current hard disk's partition.
8. Input: convert mbr to convert GPT into MBR.
9. Input: create partition primary size = xxx to create the size of the primary partition.
10. Input: format fs = ntfs quick to format disk to NTFS quickly.
11. Input: exit to finish operating.
12. Input: exit to shut down the command prompt.

This method does help but it is not recommended for some limitations or disadvantages. First, 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. And second, Diskpart is a command prompt tool with the non-graphic interface, it is difficult for average users to operate. So, here we introduce a better solution converting GPT to MBR using EaseUS free partition software without deleting partitions or losing data. 

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Method 2. Convert GPT to MBR with EaseUS free partition software

 

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

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

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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. 

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