Windows cannot be installed to this disk
It is not strange that you may encounter an installation problem when installing Windows 10 with the following error “windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk is of the gpt partition style”.
this is a known error so no need to panic as you will resolve it in no time
Sometimes the error may be concerned with the MBR issue and it may be slightly different “windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk is not of the gpt partition style”.
Why do these errors pop up? what are gpt and mbr?
MBR and GPT are two different ways of storing partitioning information, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. GPT is meant for file storage from now and into the future while MBR partition supports legacy systems like Windows 7 and XP.
Our concern here is not to clutter you with what is what but be practical and give you a fast solution.
So what do you do when you encounter “windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk is of the…”
According to the Microsoft bulletin ‘when installing Windows on UEFI-based PCs using Windows Setup, your hard drive partition style must be set up to support either UEFI mode or legacy BIOS-compatibility mode.’
This means you have two options to deal with the Windows that cannot be installed to this disk-related issues
- Reboot the PC in legacy BIOS-compatibility mode. This option lets you keep the existing partition style. For more info, see Boot to UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode.
- Configure your drive for UEFI by using the GPT partition style. This option lets you use the PC’s UEFI firmware features.
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