How to Fix the “Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk” Error
The “Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk” error is a familiar conflict during the Windows installation process. It occurs when the computer’s disk settings are not configured correctly or do not meet the requirements of the Windows operating system. Usually, this error message appears in the form of an error code, and it could be very frustrating to deal with, especially when you need the installation to be successful.
If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry. In this article, we will guide you through the steps you need to take to fix the “Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk” error.
Step 1: Check if your computer’s hardware is compatible with Windows
Windows is quite particular about hardware compatibility. It is advisable to check if your computer’s hardware meets the requirements for installing Windows. Here’s a list of the minimum system requirements:
– Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
– RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for a 32-bit version or 2 GB for a 64-bit version
– Hard disk space: 32 GB for a 64-bit version
– Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
– Display: 800×600
If your computer hardware is not compatible with Windows, you might need to upgrade before installing the operating system.
Step 2: Check your disk settings
Another reason you might encounter this error is due to poor disk settings. Your hard drive might be configured in a way that the operating system is not compatible with it. To fix this, you need to enter the computer’s BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) and make the necessary changes. Here are the steps to follow:
- Restart your computer and during the booting process, press the key that activates the BIOS on your computer. Usually, it is the Delete or F2 key.
- Once you’re in the BIOS, scroll down to the “Storage” or “Advanced” tab.
- Check if the “SATA Mode” is set to “AHCI.” If not, change the SATA mode to “AHCI.”
- Save the changes you have just made and restart your computer.
Step 3: Format your hard drive
If your hard drive has partitions or is not formatted, it could also cause the “Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk” error. To fix this, you need to format the hard drive during the installation process. Here’s how to do that:
- Start the Windows installation process and press Shift+F10 to open the Command Prompt.
- Type “diskpart” and press Enter.
- Type “list disk” and press Enter. This will display all the available hard drives on your computer.
- Type “select disk 0” and press Enter. This selects the disk where you want to install Windows.
- Type “clean” and press Enter. This command will erase all data on the selected drive.
- Type “create partition primary” and press Enter. This command creates a primary partition on the hard drive.
- Type “format fs=ntfs quick” and press Enter. This command formats the drive with the NTFS file system.
- Type “exit” and press Enter to leave the Command Prompt.
With this, your hard drive should be formatted and ready for Windows installation.