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    Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS

    What Hard Drive format will allow Windows Vista or 8......


    What Hard Drive format will allow Windows Vista or 8 to install...
    It is NTFS?

    I been getting error messages on my blank Hard Drive saying that Windows 8 cant install on this hard drive. I have other hard drives but they contain Ubuntu.

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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    NTFS is correct for windows.
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    Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    NTFS is correct for windows.
    I formatted my hard drive to NTFS but Windows will not accept it
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    In BIOS are you using safe boot and are you using GPT or MBR? Which OS are you trying to install (vista or 8)?
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    Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    In BIOS are you using safe boot and are you using GPT or MBR? Which OS are you trying to install (vista or 8)?
    Sorry for the long delay, my internet was cut off again.
    I get a message which stats "windows cannot create a partition or locate an existing one"
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Are you trying to install from CDs or DVDs or an ISO or from the Windows Store ?
    Vista or 8 or both to dual boot ?

    edit--- You could reset to Factory settings & start from scratch so your partitions will be ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Are you trying to install from CDs or DVDs or an ISO or from the Windows Store ?
    Vista or 8 or both to dual boot ?
    No, i have a bootable USB of Windows 8.1 which I have a genuine product key with it.
    I'm trying to dual boot both Ubuntu 14.04 and 'Windows 8.1' if not Vista (it was pre installed on my PC).

    I already Ubuntu 14.04
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I'm sure someone will come along & offer better help than I.
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    If you have already installed Linux could be Windows can't use the partition, has a different format Windows can't read such as ext4. I'd have installed Windows first. To clean up such problems I get GPARTED, create the bootable CD then use it to clean the HDD to give a fresh start.
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    Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I'm sure someone will come along & offer better help than I.
    Good news my American friend!
    I fixed it!
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