“Computer’s hardware may not support booting to this disk” when trying to install Windows 10

Windows Cannot Be Installed To This Disk This Computer Hardware May Not Support Booting To This Disk

Way 1. Convert to GPT disk during the installation

In this method, we’ll present the steps of 2 tools. One is to convert via CMD, which will cause data loss; the other is a third-party tool that can execute the conversion without doing any harm to your data. If your disk doesn’t store much information, CMD is fine; if your disk has an amount of data stored, we suggest you use third-party software. Select a more suitable tool based on your exact situation.

Option 1. Convert via CMD

Step 1. On the page of “Active Windows”, press “Shift” + “F10” to open CMD.

Step 2. Type the following commands and press “Enter” after each: diskpart list disk select disk x (x is the number of the target disk) clean (This step will delete all data, so make sure it doesn’t have any important data, or you can do a backup before the installation.) convert gpt

Option 2. Convert via a handy third-party tool

You can also try AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to convert the disk to fix the “Windows cannot be installed to this disk” error. Windows users with Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista can convert system/data/external disk between MBR and GPT, and all conversions are data-safe.

If you’re a Windows Server user, don’t worry, this software has Server edition to offer you perfect disk management. You can also use this reliable tool to migrate OS, convert dynamic disk, and check disk/partition…

To fix the error “Windows cannot be installed to this disk this computers hardware…” you need to prepare a USB (8GB is enough) because the first step is to make a bootable media.

▶ Section 1. Make a bootable media

Step 1. Install and run Partition Assistant on a normal Windows computer, plug your USB in.

Note: All data on this USB will be deleted, please back up if there’re important data files on it.

Step 2. Click the “Make Bootable Media” feature in the left menu, and click “Next” in the pop-up window.

Step 3. Choose “USB Boot Device”, and select your USB, click “Proceed”.

Step 4. Click “Yes” in the information window. Then, you can wait for the operation progress, and click “Finish”.

▶ Section 2. Convert to GPT

Step 1. Plug this USB into the target computer, and enter BIOS to change the boot order to boot this PC from this USB.

Step 2. After that, you’ll see the interface of the AOMEI Partition Assistant. Now, all your disks will show in this window, right-click the MBR disk, and select “Convert to GPT Disk”.

Step 3. In the pop-up windows, click “OK” to continue.

Step 4. Click “Apply” to operate and then your disk will be changed into GPT disk style.

After you convert your disk to GPT, try to install Windows again, check if the error disappears.

this computer’s hardware may not support booting to this disk?

I have a laptop that originally came with Windows 10; the hard drive is now completely empty, and using Gparted, its been formatted as a single, empty NTFS partition with an msdos partition table. When I try to install the Windows 10 ISO, I get to the partitioning dialog and receive this error:

Still, you may want to double or triple confirm that CSM is really disabled in your UEFI. (Alternatively, you may also want to leave it enabled, but just pick the right entry in the UEFI boot menu so that you boot the Windows installation media in UEFI mode but not BIOS/legacy mode.)

My guess is perhaps there is some sort of bug or defect in your UEFI implementation, that although it is capable of booting from an NVMe drive, it failed to report so (or it could be a bug to some UEFI in Windows as well). It could also be due to the EFI version (I mean the “spec version”, not the “vendor version”) of your UEFI too. I have no idea how exactly does the Windows installer determine whether to give you this warning.

Also, the installer will not show the error in either case if there is no partition existing on the drive (and the MSR partition on GPT disk doesnt even count here), even if the disk is so called “initialized”. The reason is Windows (Setup) consider it safe to convert the partitioning style if the drive is considered “empty”, so Windows Setup will just convert automatically.

Fix 5: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer’s hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk’s controller is enabled in the computer’s BIOS menu

You may receive the warning message “Windows is unable to install to the selected location. Error: 0x80300001…This computers hardware may not support booting to his disk. Ensure the disks controller is enabled in the computers BIOS menu” when you try to install Windows. If you click Next to continue and you will receive another error “Windows cannot find a system volume that meets requirements for installation”.

This error may indicate that BIOS settings of your computer are not properly configured, thus you can try setting BIOS to factory and go back to default setting. Also, this issue is caused by hard disk mode; in that case, you need to change AHCI to Compatibility in BIOS. If there is not Compatibility option, you can select IDE.


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