I'm clean installing windows 10 on a dell laptop (this is my third time installing windows on this machine; previously I had windows and ubuntu dual booting in EFI mode) using a USB installation drive, and it's failing.
In the partitioning step of the windows installation wizard, I delete all partitions (I don't have any data), then create a new partition. It then automatically creates a 500 MB recovery partition, a 100 MB system partition, and a 16 MB MSR partition, then finally my primary partition.
I then select the primary partition to install windows. I then get a warning that "the partitions on the disk selected for installation are not in the recommended order". I continue forward, and immediately get an error message saying "Windows detected that the EFI system partition was formatted as NTFS. Format it as FAT32, then restart the installation".
But the system partition was just created by windows itself 5 seconds ago. How can this be possible?
I found many other threads on many other sites on this issue. I tried shift+F10 then diskpart then clean, which deletes the partitions. Same problem still persists.
Why is it complaining about a step it did itself automatically? Is it creating the partitions out of order, then complaining about it?
when I go into diskpart and do
list partition: I get the following:
Partition 1 Recovery 499 MB Partition 2 System 100 MB Partition 3 Reserved 16 MB Partition 4 Primary 48 GB
Again, those are the partitions that were automatically created when I clicked "new" and made a 50,000 MB allocation.
However, if I do
list volume, I get this:
Volume 0 D DVD-ROM Volume 1 E Recovery NTFS Partition 499 MB Volume 2 RAW Partition 48 GB Volume 3 F FAT32 Partition 100 MB Volume 4 C SANDISK FAT32 Removable 14 GB
First, the 100 MB, which I'm assuming is the EFI system partition, is FAT32, so the error message I got before is incorrect. However, something looks seriously wrong with the ordering and the letters here. C assigned to my USB drive? And why are the volumes a different order from the partitions?
What do I need to do to fix the issue above and actually install windows? This is my third time installing windows 10 on this machine, and the first two times worked without a hitch.