Closed Solved

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

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.
51 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about windows installed disk selected disk mbr partition table efi systems windows
  1. 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
  2. Munchbot said:
    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


    Big Help. When you only do this 1x every 2 or 3 years these seeming dead ends can be v. frustrating
  3. 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.
  4. I had the same problem and i changed dvd boot order to non efi dvd (i have z87k asus mb)
    Now works without deleting partitions
  5. after all dumb and idiotic answers ...i found the correct answer
    http://www.pcandtablet.com/windows-8-errors-and-crashes/846/windows-cannot-be-installed-to-this-disk-the-selected-disk-has-an-mbr-partition-tabl.html
    .....here is the great solution fellas.....this solution wont kill all of ur data (and urself)...only the partition will change with gparted to ntfs and u can install windows without losing data in other partitions
  6. Guys how do I delete all my partitions?
  7. Munchbot said:
    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


    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
  8. Best answer
    I got the solution ...

    Solution
    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
  9. Ionut Lucian Achiricioaei said:
    I had the same problem and i changed dvd boot order to non efi dvd (i have z87k asus mb)
    Now works without deleting partitions


    Helped me. THX
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Ionut Lucian Achiricioaei said:
    I had the same problem and i changed dvd boot order to non efi dvd (i have z87k asus mb)
    Now works without deleting partitions

    It's works for me too. Thanks a LOT!!!
  13. Ionut Lucian Achiricioaei said:
    I had the same problem and i changed dvd boot order to non efi dvd (i have z87k asus mb)
    Now works without deleting partitions


    Worked for asus r501v !!!!
    Thanks !
  14. 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
  15. Munchbot said:
    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


    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 :)
  16. Majerus said:
    Munchbot said:
    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


    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


    This worked like a charm!
  17. Timhr950 said:
    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.


    That worked for me, thanks!
  18. Good!!!!! it's working excellent !!!! tanks.....
  19. http://youtu.be/DQf9YqbD8WI

    This fixed my issue perfectly!
  20. Timhr950 said:
    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.


    wow your the man! how simple was that! It was the only thing that I did not try. Worked perfect.
  21. 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.
  22. Ankit Moradiya said:
    I got the solution ...

    Solution
    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



    THANK YOU SAVED ME SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
  23. Ankit Moradiya said:
    I got the solution ...

    Solution
    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


    Thank you! This solution is simple yet effective. :)
  24. Ankit Moradiya said:
    I got the solution ...

    Solution
    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


    Thx, U R LIFE SAVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  25. mblackmagico said:
    Timhr950 said:
    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.


    That worked for me, thanks!


    Hi,

    I tried doing this but encountered a problem. When I click the 'new' button, it doesn't do anything, it won't create partitions.

    Currently I have:
    Drive 0 unallocated space total size - 146.5 GB free space 146.5 GB
    Drive 0 Partition 1 total size 319.3 GB free space 100.2 GB type - primary

    The unlocatted space - this is where I should install the windows 8 OS
    The drive 0 partition 1 - this is supposedly the drive D where I have backed up data.


    I read about the diskpart method but I am hesitant to do the 'clean' command as I believe it would wipe out all data.

    when I do the list disk method, this shows up:

    Disk ### status size free dyn gpt
    ------------- --------- -------- ----- ---- ------
    Disk 0 online 465 GB 146 GB
    Disk 1 online 14 GB 0 B *


    What should I do? i want to install windows 8 fresh.
  26. mcollins757 said:
    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.



    Just change a DVD driver or use external cd drive, happened with me and solved with this solution :)
  27. Thank you for this! I've been searching for an answer for over 3 hours now! Honestly, God bless you all...
  28. Thank you for this! I've been searching for an answer for over 3 hours now! Honestly, God bless you all...
  29. Munchbot said:
    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


    Or... He could have disabled uefi boot in his bios settings and booted the install disk in legacy mode.

    That's it, problem solved. In the future please avoid recommending people reformat their entire system as a fix if you don't actually know what's wrong. You just had some of these guys fix a hang nail with a sledge hammer... Thankfully, none of them appeared to have had important data on their drives.

    Complete reformatting is ALWAYS a last ditch effort. About 90% of the time someone recommends a complete reformat it's due to ignorance and not the actual fix to the problem. It just gets it to work. Yes, I can nail a nail into a board with a sledge hammer. However, a regular hammer would have been the correct tool and would have sufficed just as well.
  30. Ankit Moradiya said:
    I got the solution ...

    Solution
    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



    Thank you sooo much for this!! Worked for windows 10 like a charm
  31. Thanks a ton Ankit Moradiya.

    Ur solution worked for me.

    Regards,
    Santosh
  32. thanks so much dude
  33. thanks so much dude
  34. Timhr950 said:
    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.


    What do you do if it won't create a partition after clicking "delete" and deleting the MBR partition? I tried the "new" button, attempted to create a new partition and it, inexplicably, failed. I got super weird error messages in attempting to create the new partition. Anybody got an idea how to fix this?
  35. Switch BIOS from UEFI to Legacy ;)
  36. FredROgers23 said:
    Timhr950 said:
    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.


    What do you do if it won't create a partition after clicking "delete" and deleting the MBR partition? I tried the "new" button, attempted to create a new partition and it, inexplicably, failed. I got super weird error messages in attempting to create the new partition. Anybody got an idea how to fix this?


    Me too. I have tried all the fixes in this thread and still cant install windows on to my new ssd. In theory if I I change the bios settings to disable uefi and enable legacy mode - but when i try this, it becomes impossible to boot from the usb with windows on it altogether. Instead of booting the usb drive, i get a black screen with grey text that reads missing operating system. Why is this happening, and what can I do to resolve it?
  37. Deleting all the partitions also works on windows 8 ,8.1,8.1 pro and 10 as i tried with the all
  38. Ankit Moradiya said:
    I got the solution ...

    Solution
    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


    Thanks brother ! It worked. I disabled UEFI instead. I think that's okay.
  39. Munchbot said:
    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

    Thanks man:D I know its been a wile but i just got to thank you! I was unhappy about windows 10 and this was the only way for me to downgrade, I was stuck on this same part for hours thanks for helping! if it were not for you I wouldn't be downgrading to windows 8.1! Thanks again!
  40. Munchbot said:
    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


    THANK YOU!
    100% Fix for me and several buddies:

    Open Command Prompt.

    Type:

    diskpart

    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    list disk

    Make note of the disk number of the disk from which you want to delete the partition.

    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    select disk #

    Select the disk # from which you want to delete the partition.

    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    list partition

    Make note of the number of the partition that you want to delete.

    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    select partition #

    Select the partition # that you want to delete.

    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    delete partition
  41. Munchbot said:
    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


    Thank you so much! Ive been searching for this solution for hours and I had to make this account just to thank you!
  42. Hi
    I can install windows 10 :-)
    I change boot mode in my laptop bios from UEFI to other option and then save and exit .
    Windows 10 can install on my paetition.
    :-)

    Its good link for me : http://www.disk-partition.com/articles/mbr-partition-table-to-gpt.html
  43. Delete all partitions and then create a new one,that works for me.. ;)
  44. razgriz450 said:
    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.



    THERES A SUPER SIMPLE EASY WAY TO GET THIS DONE
    when you get to the point where its asking for your serial key, push SHIFT + F10 - It'll open command prompt
    Now on command prompt enter "Diskpart" - without the quotes
    now you're going to enter list disk
    now you should have your disks list. Find the one you want and enter select disk (your disk number here) for example select disk 0
    now you're going to enter clean
    now its cleaned, now enter convert GTP
    now you're good and its converted type exit to exit and finish the install
  45. I read this post . Formatting was what I don't wanna try . Other solutions did not work. Since windows can't be installed using a USB 3.0 port , USB 3.0 pen drive because it will automatically run that in UEFI mode, I tried pressing ESC key at boot up. It gave me options like .. sandisk and [UEFI] sandisk. I selected the one without UEFI. That's it . It worked.
  46. Timhr950 said:
    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.


    after following the above procedure am unable to format the unallocated space in order to proceed with the installation.the format button has 'disappeared' any assistance please
  47. Timhr950 said:
    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.


    sanjunior said:
    Timhr950 said:
    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.


    after following the above procedure am unable to format the unallocated space in order to proceed with the installation.the format button has 'disappeared' any assistance please



    Please be carefull doing this option, I have tried this on a Lenovo G510, and after I deleted the partition, I wasn't able to create a new one with the unallocated space. So I went to BIOS, in boot option, and I have changed from UEFI First, to Legacy First, saved and exit BIOS. After that everything went just at it should have, when I pressed the "New" button, it created the new partition and I could install windows normally. Don't forget after installing windows to go back in BIOS and change back in Boot Option, UEFI First
  48. pastorbbernal said:
    Ionut Lucian Achiricioaei said:
    I had the same problem and i changed dvd boot order to non efi dvd (i have z87k asus mb)
    Now works without deleting partitions

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


    Changing the boot order to a non UEFI DVD worked for me too, thanks
Ask a new question

Read More

Windows Windows 7 Systems Partition Table