I bought a new laptop without windows. Now i want to install windows 8. I formated entire harddisk(file format = NTFS) and then tried to install windows 8. When selecting the disk to install, it gets a error saying, "windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition table. on Efi system, windows can only be installed to gpt disks". Please tell me, what i can do?
Inside windows installer, hit Shift+F10 to get a command prompt, then run
diskpart and select the target disk. Zap the drive (with the
clean command), create GPT table (
new gpt), create the GPT-EFI special partitions.
Step-by-step instructions provided by Microsoft here (For Windows XP x64, newer versions of
diskpart such as included in your Windows 8 support all these commands and more)
Then reboot so the firmware finds those partitions and adds the disk to the EFI-native boot order (Windows installer checks this).
As per technet.microsoft.com follow the below steps:
Turn off the PC, and put in the Windows installation DVD or USB key. Boot the PC to the DVD or USB key in UEFI mode. For more info, see Boot to UEFI
Mode or Legacy BIOS mode.
From inside Windows Setup, press Shift+F10 to open a command prompt window. Open the diskpart tool:
Identify the drive to reformat:
Select the drive, and reformat it:
select disk <disk number> clean convert gpt exit
Close the command prompt window. Continue the Windows Setup installation. When choosing an installation type, select Custom.
The drive will appear as a single area of unallocated space.
Select the unallocated space and click Next.
Windows begins the installation.