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    Windows 8 installing error


    Hi. I get the error "The drive is of type GPT" while trying to install windows 8. Someone please help me it's making me crazy. I searched a lot most people said to convert GPT to MBR. Isn't it possible to install windows without converting to MBR. Someone said you should boot dvd in UEFI but I dont know how to do. In my boot setup there is no UEFI: DVD.... that I was said to choose...

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    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    What was originally on this system, Windows 7 ? I did not know you can have GPT without UEFI BIOS. If it is not UEFI then will have to convert to MBR. Not sure what you are coming from (os) what type of install was chosen, custom, upgrade. Look here will tell reasons this can happen.

    How to Solve "The Selected Disk is of the GPT Partition Styl
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    Windows 8


    I had windows 8 that I format. My laptop has UEFI bios. Ok I will take alook.
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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by farad View Post
    I get the error "The drive is of type GPT" while trying to install windows 8.
    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

    Tip   Tip
    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.

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    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.

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    Last edited by genet; 13 Nov 2015 at 13:17.
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    Windows 8


    OK. I Will try that.
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    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    As said Thread starter not seeing option in Boot screen for UEFI with disc in. As pictures above show must be trying to install when there is probably still partitions there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    As said Thread starter not seeing option in Boot screen for UEFI with disc in. As pictures above show must be trying to install when there is probably still partitions there.
    Yes. Sadly I don't have UEFI version of DVD. I tried tutorial on this forum to create a UEFI bootable of my older win 7 DVD in flash memory. everything seem great and I booted in UEFI but after loading files screen bot manager gives error that it couldn't find file in windows/system/etc The error seems weird to me. Since I am installing windows why should boot manager say It can't find windows folder on my PC. any help on this?
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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by farad View Post
    Sadly I don't have UEFI version of DVD.
    All of the Windows 7/8/8.1/10 64-bit DVD's are compatible with the UEFI Boot Mode.
    All of the Windows 8/8.1/10 64-bit DVD's are compatible with the Secure Boot.

    Quote from this post:

    - If you are booting from a Windows 7/8 64-bit USB flash drive (FAT32 file system) in UEFI Boot Mode, then UEFI firmware run \efi\boot\bootx64.efi file. Note: This file does not exist by default in the Windows 7 installation media, so you need to create this file by using the Rufus program, if you want UEFI Boot Mode compatible Windows 7 64-bit USB flash drive.

    - If you are booting from a Windows 7/8 64-bit DVD in UEFI Boot Mode, then UEFI firmware run \efi\microsoft\boot\cdboot.efi file.
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    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    I' m a bit confused here, what exactly came on this system again Windows 7 or 8 ? Seems like you were saying you trying to reinstall Windows 8 this is when problem occurred now we are talking about going back to Windows 7. If so why go back to Windows 7 and was there a reson for reinstall of OS ? Either or, as genet showed does not matter by the disc., cases it matters by the type of BIOS, UEFI or not. Follow other steps making USB bootable Flash Drive you will know when try to boot from it again.
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    I' m a bit confused here, what exactly came on this system again Windows 7 or 8 ? Seems like you were saying you trying to reinstall Windows 8 this is when problem occurred now we are talking about going back to Windows 7. If so why go back to Windows 7 and was there a reson for reinstall of OS ? Either or, as genet showed does not matter by the disc., cases it matters by the type of BIOS, UEFI or not. Follow other steps making USB bootable Flash Drive you will know when try to boot from it again.
    Your right. I was on windows 8 but I have some problem with OS that I needed reinstalling it. while trying to do so I ran into problems. I thought maybe coming back to windows 7 will let me copy my files to a some where safe then format my laptop disk. That was the whole story. I will try your suggestions and see what can I do.
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