How To Install Windows 10/11 on GPT Partition

install windows 10 on gpt partition

Can I Install Windows on GPT Partition?

Yes, you can install Windows on a GPT partition. GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a standard partition table layout for computer storage devices like SSDs and HDDs. All modern operating systems support this layout. But sometimes, installing Windows 10 or 11 with this partition table fails. It could be frustrating, as you need to install an OS on a PC before using it.

You need to check some things before installing Windows on a GPT partition. First, your computer motherboard and bootloader must support UEFI boot mode. Furthermore, you should ensure UEFI is enabled. Once these are covered, you can successfully install Windows 10/11 on your computer.

How To Install Windows 10/11 on GPT Partition
Step 1: Preparations
● Check if your computer supports UEFI
● Prepare a GPT Disk for Windows 10/11 Installation
Step 2: Install Windows 10/11 on the GPT Partition
Step 3: Verify if Windows Was Installed on the GPT Partition

Step 1. Preparations Before Installing Windows on GPT Partition

Confirm Your Computer Supports UEFI

A Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a program that succeeds the traditional BIOS Legacy. It is the first program running when a computer starts up, and its role is to connect the hardware to the operating system.

Admittedly, you can install Windows 10 on computers that do not have UEFI support. However, that does not apply to devices released one year after Microsoft launched Windows 10. So, you need to ensure your device has UEFI support.

You can check with your motherboard's OEM to determine if your computer supports UEFI boot mode. Alternatively, you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start, then type System Information.
searching system information

  1. Look for the BIOS Mode. If it says UEFI, your computer supports it. On the other hand, if it says Legacy, it is running in BIOS.
look for the bios mode

Alternatively, you can check the computer boot mode through Command Prompt.

  1. Go to Start, and type cmd.
launch the cmd tool

  1. Click Run as administrator and enter the bcdedit command.
enter bcdedit on command prompt

  1. Find Windows Boot Loader and look at the path line. Check the file extension. It would be ".exe" if the computer is on BIOS, while ".efi" if it is on UEFI.
windows boot loader path

What if you found your computer is running on BIOS? Don't lose hope yet. First, check your motherboard model name and manufacturer. You can find this information in the System Information. Then, go to the manufacturer's website to check if your motherboard supports UEFI.

Prepare a GPT Disk for Windows 10/11 Installation

For a New Disk

You can initialize new disks directly to GPT. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open Disk Management. Right-click the disk you want to initialize. Ensure the disk is listed Online. If not, click Online Click Initialize Disk.
initialize disk in disk management

  1. Ensure GPT (GUID Partition Table) is selected under partition style and click OK.
select gpt (guid partition table)

  1. Right-click on the unallocated space on the drive. Select New Simple Volume and tap Next.
select a new simple volume

  1. Specify the size of the volume, drive letter, and file system you want to use. Click Next > Finish.
specify the needed requirements

For an Old Disk in MBR

What if you have an old disk on MBR that you want to use for Windows 10/11 installation? You can convert MBR to GPT. But before you do the process, make sure to have a data backup to avoid unnecessary troubles later on.

Step 2. Install Windows 10/11 on GPT Partition

This section applies to installing or reinstalling a fresh version of Windows 10 on a GPT partition. You can also install Windows 10 from Windows 7/8 or upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 on GPT Partition if you already have Windows 7/8 or 10 installed.

Now that you have clarified your computer supports UEFI, it's time to install Windows 10 or 11. You can also follow these steps to reinstall Windows 10 on your computer on a GPT partition.

  1. Connect a Windows 10 USB install key to your PC, then boot it. Press F2 or Delete to boot the system into BIOS. Find the Boot Option Menu.
boot option menu on windows

  1. Ensure Launch CSM is set to Enabled.
ensure launch csm is enabled

  1. In the Boot Device Control, select UEFI Only.
select uefi only

  1. In Boot from Storage Devices, select UEFI driver first. Save the changes, then restart the system.
save the changes and restart

  1. Re-enter the BIOS. Check if the USB UEFI OS Boot option is at the top of the list of Boot Priority List.
usb uefi os boot on top

  1. Reboot the system once more and install Windows 10.
installing windows 10

Step 3. Confirm if the Windows Installation on the GPT Partition Was Successful

  1. Boot the PC into Windows and open Disk Management. The bottom-left of the window will show a box with details saying Disk x, Basic, Capacity of the drive, Online. Right-click on this box.
disk details on disk management

  1. Click Properties > Volumes. Find Partition Style and check if it says GUID Partition Table (GPT).
checking partition style

Summing Up

If your computer supports UEFI, you can install Windows 10 and 11 on GPT. You only need to do a simple preparation to install it. If you need to learn more, you can check Wondershare Recoverit's website to check for resources. You may also find this tool helpful.

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Yes, you can install OS in the GPT partition. It is recommended that you install Windows on GPT partition style. It has many advantages over installing on the MBR partition.

Between installing Windows 10 on MBR partition and GPT, the latter is highly recommended. It has advantages like faster booting up and shutting down times. Additionally, it provides security advantages. You can learn the difference between GPT and MBR in the article MBR vs. GPT.

When you get the message "Windows Cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style," it means your computer is reportedly booted in legacy BIOS.