Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only......

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razgriz450

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Windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only installed on GPT disks.

I built my computer with parts I ordered and things were ok except that I kept getting BSOD's with System Service Exceptions. I did a lot of trouble shooting and reinstalling and updating of drivers and such but nothing helped. I decided it would be best to completely reinstall windows so I put in my install disk and formatted Disk 0 Partition 2, deleted it, and turned it into unallocated space. Now it says I am unable to install windows on this disk. Did I screw up? Help me please.
 

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Delete ALL of your partitions, then create a new one. You should be able to install windows onto this partition. I had the same problem installing windows 7.

Hope this helps! :D
 

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Big Help. When you only do this 1x every 2 or 3 years these seeming dead ends can be v. frustrating
 

mcollins757

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Great help. When you only do this (install OS) once or twice every couple of years these apparent 'dead ends' can ruin a good day. Your explanation is succinct and correct...and after reading it I remember I had the same problem last time I tried reinstalling and it took a long time to find an answer. I found this in 1 try.
 

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Thanks for this, I still had the SYSTEM Partition remaining, forgot that it would be the OLD SYSTEM :(
Deleted, voila up and installing.

Sometimes the obvious answer just evades us :p
 

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I got the solution ...

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The resolution to this issue depends on the the hard disk volume size:

Follow these steps if the hard disk volume size is less than 2.19 TB:
Temporarily disable the EFI Boot Sources setting in the BIOS:
Restart the computer, and then press F10 to enter the BIOS.
Navigate to Storage > Boot Order , and then disable the EFI Boot Sources .
Select File > Save Changes > Exit .
Install the Windows operating system.
Enable the EFI Boot Sources setting in the BIOS:
Restart the computer, and then press F10 to enter the BIOS.
Navigate to Storage > Boot Order , and then enable the EFI Boot Sources .
Select File > Save Changes > Exit .

Thanking you,

Ankit Moradiya ---- www.facebook.com/avmoradiya
 

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Helped me. THX

 

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The Easy Solution without leaving the install program.

There is an option button when you get this message that just says "delete". Click this button and the MBR partition will be deleted. After this the "New" button will turn black. Click on this and the installation program will create a GPT partition where the MBR was and you can now format that partition using the "format" button. After this you can now click "Next" and proceed normally with the rest of the install.
 

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I build a lot of servers for clients and I've seen this issue on newer hardware when trying to use the original Server 2008 R2 media (without SP1 integrated). I got a copy of the media with SP1 integrated and haven't seen the issue since. Plus, it saves a lot of build time, not having to install SP1 separately. I'm not sure what the issue was, but something in SP1 seems to have addressed it.
 

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It's works for me too. Thanks a LOT!!!
 

StaiJosAi4

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Worked for asus r501v !!!!
Thanks !
 

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Thanks for answering this common question!
I had the same issue when trying to reinstall Windows on my laptop.
I was upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 and wanted to have a fresh HDD - the computer runs a lot faster after a complete format.

Tom's Hardware is and will most likely always be one of the best places to look for information about Windows and other software and hardware related questions!

Thanks again,
// Rune
 

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Thanks for this, I had just finished building my new setup, and was installing to the ssd which was in my last build when it threw up those errors. Thanks for info, I'll be retaining it for future reference :)
 

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This worked like a charm!
 

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That worked for me, thanks!
 

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wow your the man! how simple was that! It was the only thing that I did not try. Worked perfect.
 

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If you are Installing windows with USB CD Rom then may be two option will be displayed 1 is EFI and second is ODD so please select ODD Option. I have also faced this problem and problem got solved.

 

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THANK YOU SAVED ME SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
 

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Thank you! This solution is simple yet effective. :)
 
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