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. 

Download Now

 Windows 10 is supported

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


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

100% of people found this article helpful.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose EaseUS Partition Master?

"I've used Partition Master Professional many times to create, delete, format, move, rename, and resize partitions."PCWorld

"Partitioning tools have come a very long since the days of complicated command line utilities and EASEUS Partition Master is one of the most advanced programs available."TECH ADVISOR

"I love that the changes you make with EaseUS Partition Master Free aren't immediately applied to the disks. It makes it way easier to play out what will happen after you've made all the changes."Lifewire

Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

About EaseUS Partition Master

All-round disk & partition management software for personal and commercial use. Let it manage your storage drive: resize, format, delete, clone, convert, etc.