Can't install Win10 - GPT Partition Style

EvenNote

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Short version: I'm trying to reinstall Windows 10 on my recently-wiped SSD, following instructions I got from Microsoft, uh, "support."

But I'm getting the following error message: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

I've tried formatting the USB drive as FAT32 as well, and my boyfriend even tried some method he used to install Windows on his Atari VCS. Still nothing.

Said boyfriend also controls 100% of the finances, so even though I just got paid, I quite literally have NO money to take it to a professional. But that's a story for a whole 'nuther kind of forum.

So while I'm no genius, I'm not stupid, and right now, after three days of dealing with mansplaining and unhelpful support, my mental health is in the toilet. I'm hoping to find someone who can explain any steps I can try with simplicity and patience, and without making me feel stupid.
 

Couriant

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It sounds like the drive may not match your boot type. Check your computer (BIOS) to make sure it is set to UEFI and not Legacy.

If your BIOS is show UEFI, then try to get to a command prompt and do diskpart to bring up the disk tool. From here type list disk and press enter. Find your drive # by the size (assuming you have 1 drive you should see that one and a USB drive) and then type select disk # (# being the number)

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Here type clean and press enter. This should clear out any info/data. Try the installer again.
 

Gr3iz

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Hello and welcome to TSG!!

You shouldn't have to format the drive prior to Windows installation. On another PC, download the Windows Media creation Tool. Run that and create a bootable USB flashdrive. Boot from that device and when it prompts you where you'd like to install Windows, select Advanced and delete any existing partitions. Then when you have 100% unallocated space, proceed with the installation.
 

Couriant

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Hello and welcome to TSG!!

You shouldn't have to format the drive prior to Windows installation. On another PC, download the Windows Media creation Tool. Run that and create a bootable USB flashdrive. Boot from that device and when it prompts you where you'd like to install Windows, select Advanced and delete any existing partitions. Then when you have 100% unallocated space, proceed with the installation.
This too :)
 

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