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[Solved] Windows Won't Install on GPT Drive

Updated on Dec 12, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Summary:
Is your Windows cannot be installed on this disk? The selected disk has the GPT partition style error while trying to install Windows system on your PC? Relax! Effective methods are here to help you fix the issue 'Windows will not install on GPT drive' with ease now.

Windows cannot be installed on GPT partition drive, help!

"I'm trying to install Windows 10 on a new SSD, but the computer keeps giving me this message 'Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.' What does this mean? Do I have to convert the GPT disk to MBR? Or to enable UEFI boot mode in BIOS?"

If you are receiving this notice from your PC while trying to install new Windows system, telling you that the Windows cannot be installed on GPT drive, don't be panic. Here in this article, we'll provide you effective methods to fix this error issue and help you install the new system on the disk without any obstacles.

PAGE CONTENT:
Method 1: Enable UEFI boot option in BIOS
Method 2: Convert GPT disk to MBR disk
Method 3: Delete partitions and create a new one

Of course, if your system is still running well, remember to back up important data and present system first before you start fixing the error of 'Windows cannot install on GPT drive'.

3 Fixes for Windows Cannot Install on GPT Drive

You can now selectively to choose one of the three solutions to fix Windows cannot install on GPT drive issue with ease now.

Method 1: Enable UEFI boot option in BIOS<

This method can only work when your boot disk support UEFI boot mode, and you can check out whether your disk supports UEFI boot or not in the BIOS spec. One more thing you should know is that GPT only support 64-bit editions of Windows system on UEFI based systems. Therefore, be sure to download and install the right version of the system on your PC.

Step 1: Reboot PC and enter BIOS.

Step 2: Enable UEFI boot > Save settings and exit BIOS.

Step 3: Continue to install Windows.

If your computer doesn't support UEFI mode, you may try Method 2 and Method 3 to fix the Windows won't install on GPT drive issue. 

Method 2: Convert GPT disk to MBR disk

When the computer doesn't support UEFI, you may try to convert the disk from GPT to MBR so to fix the Windows fail to install on GPT drive error. If you don't know how to convert GPT disk to MBR, let professional partition manager software help. EaseUS Partition Master will help.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

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.

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

Then you can continue to install new Windows system on your PC without losing any data.

Method 3: Delete partitions and create a new one

If your computer doesn't support UEFI, you can also try to delete all hard drive partitions in GPT and create a new partition to install the new Windows system. This requires you to create backups for your hard drive partition data in advance.

Step 1: Boot from the Windows DVD > Click "Install Now".

Step 2: At the setup screen, click "Custom (b)" > Click "Drive Options".

Step 3: Select the partition(s) you want to format > Click "Format". (This operation will delete EVERYTHING on that partition.)

Step 4: Create a new partition and select a partition to install Windows on.

Step 5: Continue with an install and follow the on-screen guidance to finish Windows installing process.