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The selected disk is of the GPT partition style

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    windows 8.1 enterprise x64

    The selected disk is of the GPT partition style


    Hello every one.
    I have "dell inspiron 7000 series 7537" come with Windows 8.1 pro pre-installed on SSHD (1To+8Go)
    I have idiotically deleted my "C" and "D" but I didn't toutch any other partition.
    I have end up with unallocated free space so I have repatitionate it into 03 partitions.
    Now when i try to instal windows 8.1 enterprise it telle me that
    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."
    now I have a laptop without OS .
    so what should i do to recover my factory image on the recovery partion
    or how to instal the enterprise edition.
    thanks

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    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by cambob View Post
    "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."
    Quote from this post: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link

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    Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode:

    Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. (see screenshot below)

    That is because Windows can only be installed to MBR disk in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on a GPT disk.

    - Boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
    - But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then delete all partitions on the disk.

    Click image for larger version

    Error message when you boot from the Windows installation media in UEFI Boot Mode:

    Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. (see screenshot below)

    That is because Windows can only be installed to GPT disk in UEFI Boot Mode, but you plan to install Windows on an MBR disk.

    - Delete all partitions on the disk, so you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table).
    - But if you want to use MBR (Master Boot Record) partition table, then boot from the Windows installation media in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by genet; 13 Nov 2015 at 13:20.
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    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1 enterprise x64


    thank you for your hellp...
    worked for me
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