How to Fix Error ‘Cannot Install Windows on This Disk Has GPT Style’


When installing Windows you may find a very common error, but one that bothers a bit, however there are solutions. In this article we will show you how to solve the error «You cannot install Windows on this disk, the selected disk has GPT partition style«.

Why does this error occur in Windows?

Mostly this failure happens when the partition type of the hard disk does not match the bootable USB device that stores the installation files. GPT is a partition table which was added to the new UEFI-class BIOS-based operating systems.

This table is recommended for the latest generation equipment that comes with hard drives with high-capacity storage. In the table you can create up to 128 partitions, providing greater security against a possible loss of disk format. Achieving in a systematic way to replicate the hard disk partitions from the beginning as at the end of the PC unit.

Solution to the error ‘Windows cannot be installed on this disk has the GPT style’

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This message appears when the hard drive has been formatted by GPT partition type and when you use a file with a different format. So the actions that can be taken to solve this error are the following, it remains to be mentioned that they are safe methods:

  • Reformat the hard drive and leave it in MBR.
  • Create a bootable USB to install the Windows operating system on the PC.

Method 1- Create bootable USB in GPT.

  1. You will need an application called Rufus, you can download it from its official page.
  2. Have a Windows ISO image. If you don’t have it, then you can get it from Windows Media Creation Tool. Once you have it, run the application and select the option «Create installation media».
  3. Select the Windows 10 version you want to install, preferably in 64 bits. Then select the «ISO file» option to download the image with the latest version of Windows and proceed to create a bootable USB.
  4. After the Windows version has been downloaded, insert USB into computer and it will apply the Rufus tool.
  • Configure Rufus to create USB GPT.
  1. Select the USB flash drive in the first option.
  2. Click on «Select» to choose the Windows ISO image.
  3. In the partition structure you will select «GPT «, and the target system «UEFI».
  4. After the previous steps press «Start».

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Next, we will start our USB to install the operating system again, just when a boot menu is generated you will select the USB. And in this way you will not have a problem applying the Windows installation on the hard disk where you want.

Method 2- Transform hard drive to MBR with Diskpart

This is the option that you now have in case you do not want to use the previous one, and that is that you can convert hard drive partition system to MBR. We suggest backing up all the data on your hard drive, as this process removes all files.

  1. Press the «Shift + F10» keys simultaneously to open a command terminal in the installation wizard. If the command window does not appear, return to the start screen and press the option «Repair computer».
  2. Later you will press «Troubleshoot» and the command prompt to start executing the «diskpart» commands and to launch the «list disk» program.
  3. Look at the disk number and use the following command «selet disk «.gbt partition to mbr partition
  4. Then the actions that we will apply will be executed on the selected disk.
  5. Now you will use the following «clean» and then «convert mbr» commands to convert the hard drive to MBR.
  6. Restart the computer to start the installation wizard.
  7. Check that the UEFI BIOS has the Legacy MBR option activated, to do this press «Del or F2», then locate the «Boot» option where you will have an option similar to «Boot MBR Legacy» and verify that it is active.
  8. After restarting the computer and the previous step, select your hard drive so that you can install Windows normally.

We have finished this post, the methods explained above are very good and solve the error of GPT partition on your PC.

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