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    I have linux install and I want to install windows 8.1 but it says I need ntfs to install it, what do I do ?

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    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    If you are not wanting to keep any of the data on the hard drive you should be able to do this at install.

    Run your install media and go through the install motions:

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    If you read this guide on Step 8 it shows says "where do you want to install Windows" as you can see below there is option to Format your drive.

    Hope this helps!

    Cheers.
    Harry
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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by DemonicEnigma View Post
    I have linux install and I want to install windows 8.1 but it says I need ntfs to install it, what do I do ?
    "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS."

    This is because linux does not use NTFS filesystem. Your partition is currently formatted as EXT4, which Windows cannot use.

    If you want to do a clean install of Windows 8.1:

    - boot the computer using the Windows 8.1 installation media
    - press SHIFT+F10 to open command prompt
    - run the following commands at the command prompt

    diskpart
    list disk (this will give you a listing of the disks on your system)
    select disk # (select the disk you want to clean, for example select disk 0)
    clean (running the clean command will delete all partitions on the disk)
    exit
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    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by DemonicEnigma View Post
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    1. Insert windows 8/8.1 iso
    2. Start your machine
    3. Press any key to boot from it
    4. Decide on language and input method, click next
    5. Click install now
    6. Accept license terms, click next
    7. Click custom install, click next
    8. Click on the drive - chose drive options
    9. Click Delete on the drive
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    Note: Doing this is going to remove all your data; click ok ( make sure you have backed up your linux documents to an external data store if you want to keep anything.

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    This should now show the drive as unallocated:
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    Click next and the install will start and format the drive for you in the install process.

    Note: as you can see in your screenshot you will need to delete the partition so the drive shows as unallocated.

    Hope that clears it up.

    Cheers,
    Harry
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    Right I got windows installed and working but it's falling on 23 updates
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Windows 8 stuck at reset your pc.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    1) Download the ISO using your Product Key & make a DVD.
    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create


    2)To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    2) Clean Install - Windows 8
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