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    Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition tabl

    [solved] Windows 8 installation error "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks."



    How to fix this and install windows 8 as usual?? I have several partitions with data.. I don't want to delete all partitions and create partitions from the scratch and install the os..

    How to achieve this?
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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    This could happen not only windows 8, But also windows 7 or server 2008, 2008R2..
    I found a work around to this problem.. Without deleting all partitions you can achieve this..

    (1) Download Gpart iso from GParted -- Download (less than 150 mb)

    (2) burn the Iso file to a CD and boot from the cd

    (3) you can create a ntfs partition using the Gparted and reboot and retry to install windows..

    Magically this will work...

    No more irritating messages... Say good bye to "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks"

    or

    "windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style"
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    How to create a NTFS partition using Gpart?

    How to create a NTFS partition using Gpart?

    Boot from the CD and select the first option "GParted Live" and hit enter..



    It will take some time to boot...



    just select the default option and hit ok..



    Select the language...



    select 0 and hit enter...



    click on Gparted



    Select the partition your want to format.. and right click and format to ntfs..




    Now it is done.. your ntfs partition is ready for windows installation.. just retry windows installation on this drive using windows installation media....



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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    the Microsoft suggested solution would be HOW TO: Use the Diskpart.efi Utility to Create a GUID Partition Table Partition on a Raw Disk in Windows .. You may have to delete all partitions.. and you need little technical stuff to be manipulated your self...

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    windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition s

    Windows 7 error message will be little bit differ.. "windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."



    but the solution would be the same as above,
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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    I formated the drive to ntfs using gparted but the problem still persists. it is still showing the same error.

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    (1) before formatting make sure to delete system partitions which is already created.. its about 100 mb ot 300 mb.... and before format as ntfs, delete the partition using gpart.... then recreate the partition and format as ntfs... no need to touch other drivers..

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    I followed all the steps , however it didnt work for me :X

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    I found the problem to be in the boot settings in bios ... all I had to do to fix my problem was change priority from [UEFY] drivename
    to just drivename without uefy infront
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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    Quote Originally Posted by kir3ca View Post
    I found the problem to be in the boot settings in bios ... all I had to do to fix my problem was change priority from [UEFY] drivename
    to just drivename without uefy infront
    Thanks for sharing these details .. this will be really helpful for those who stuck in the long run...

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    Dude, I still have the same problem even though I followed every step. I noticed that it has 4 partitions. One of them is the primary and 1 is for the drive that cannot be deleted (I forgot the initials). Do I have to delete the 2 partitions as well? and retain the drive that cannot be deleted and the primary? The "windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style". What should I do?

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    By the way, I'm installing windows 7

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    Quote Originally Posted by biohazard View Post
    By the way, I'm installing windows 7

    This method requires little bit expertise and sound IT knowledge.. To be in the safe side, If you go ahead with this step, backup your data..


    Method 1
    Get the windows bootable media and Boot up to installation DVD/CD.
    open the console /command line option. then Type "diskpart"
    inside diskpart type:
    (check the disk giving the error)

    Code:
    list disk

    Select that disk assuming its 1


    Code:
    select disk 1
    Code:
    convert mbr

    Then Continue with install
    Last edited by Pixels; August 12th, 2013 at 08:16 AM.

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    This error can be fixed
    (1) using gpated

    or

    (2)by correcting UEFI settings at bios

    or

    (3) converting to mbr disk

    (4) in the worst case you have to delete all partitions (but 99% it could be solved using above 1,2,3 steps)

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    Re: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition

    hey guys, thanks for helping. those issues didn't help me but I found on MS technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn336946.aspx that cleaning disk on diskpart makes conversion to mbr. For me "convert mbr" command didn't work.. I was installing win8 on freeDos.

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