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Issues with installing Windows!

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#1 _TinyElephant


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 02:09 PM

Hello everyone so I am struggling to install Windows on my new built PC. This thread is going to be long and I apologize. I built my new PC yesterday and it took couple hours. Then I tried figuring out how to install Windows for a couple more hours. In total about 12... So my motherboard is an EVGA Z170 Stinger and I have a 1Tb WD Hard drive, which I am trying to install Windows 10. I do not have a product key yet, but I was just trying to install Windows first. I am using a USB to install from the Windows Media Tool:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 )

There are many problems and errors that I keep coming across. The first problem is that I am not sure what I am suppose to put for the Boot Mode. There are two options: UEFI and Legacy. The default is UEFI, but when I have Legacy on it the Windows logo shows up when I save and reset. On the other hand UEFI does not but shows the Z170 Stinger logo then goes straight to the setup part.

When I first tried to install Windows I did not touch anything in the BIOS and went straight to the Windows installation, the Windows logo did not appear first. And I tried to go through with all of the settings and got this error:

Link to error:


Also when I have the Boot Mode set to Legacy I can see my hard drive and the USB, but I can not with UEFI. I of course have my USB that has the Windows tool on it set to Boot Option #1, and my hard drive second.

Link of Legacy vs UEFI & Boot Options:

https://imgur.com/a/Cu0Hz[/img] - Options with UEFI https://imgur.com/a/XMBHq[/img] - Options with Legacy ( which you can see my Hard Drive & USB)

Probably the main issue that I am having is when I set the Boot Mode to Legacy, have my USB as #1, and Save and reset. Then it actually showing the Windows logo and I go through the menu of installing, getting to the final step where it says "Where do you want to install Windows" I come across an error: "Windows can't be installed on this driver (Show Details)" as I click on the details is says "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. this computers hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu"

Link of Error: https://imgur.com/a/MK2PK[/img]

I just need help installing Windows and I'm not sure why it's all screwy. I hope someone can help me because I am irritated with trying to figure out what to do. Thank you for everyone taking time to look and read!

Edited by hamluis, 14 May 2017 - 03:28 PM.
Moved from W10 Discussion to W10 Sp, merged topics - Hamluis.

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#2 Drillingmachine


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 02:46 PM

Boot mode: UEFI

Boot option 1: Try USB key and USB floppy options


Click New and make new partition.

#3 JohnC_21


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 02:49 PM

Set it to UEFI mode. Boot the USB flash drive. At the screen that shows language press Shift + F10. This will bring up a command prompt. Type



list disk

select disk X   Where X is the number associated with the HDD you wish to install Windows to. X is usually 0

clean               Removes any partitions and sets the drive for a clean install

convert GPT    This is the most important step for installing Windows on a UEFI computer

exit                   exits diskpart

exit                   exits command prompt


Continue with the install. If you cannot get the USB to boot in UEFI mode then download the iso file using the Media Creation Tool and use Rufus to create a bootable usb flash drive. Select GPT as the partition scheme. Leave all boxes as checked. 


Your last three image links did not come across. I get a 404.

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