Windows – Error message: “Windows cannot be installed to this disk…”

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I am trying to install Windows 7 64-bit. My primary harddrive is an SSD. The Windows installer informed me that:

On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks.

So, after a lot of research, I was able to convert the SSD from MBR to GPT! :)

However, now I get the following message:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk, the selected disk is of the GPT partition style.

What went wrong? How can I install Windows 7 to my SSD?

Best Answer

"windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 2. (show details)", when I click show details I get the message, "windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

It's the error that you can maybe see when you try to install new Windows on your computer. Be aware that whatever is in your hard drive will be gone forever, including partitions and operating system.
Now I will show you 2 methods to resolve your problem :

Method #1:

  1. Boot up to installation DVD/CD.
  2. Click install but don't follow through.
  3. Press SHIFT-F10 to bring up console.
  4. Type "diskpart"
  5. Once inside diskpart type:
    -> list disk (find the one you want to convert)
    -> select disk 0 (select the one you want from the list)
    -> convert mbr (should take a second or two)
    -> quit
  6. Continue with install

Method #2:

  1. Boot up to installation DVD/CD.
  2. Click install but don't follow through.
  3. Press SHIFT-F10 to bring up console.
  4. Type "diskpart"
  5. Once inside diskpart type:
    -> list disk (find the one you want to convert)
    -> select disk 0 (select the one you want from the list)
    -> clean (wait an hour or so until its done)
    -> quit
  6. Continue with install

Enjoy