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Windows can’t be installed on drive
Posted by on 08 July 2015 03:34 AM
By Robert Keith
When installing Windows Operating System onto a new host and the OS drive was previously used for another purpose or operating environment, the Windows Installer often fails with the message “Windows can’t be installed on drive x…”
When running the Windows Installer on a computer host, and at the point where the installer attempts to partition the drive, the installer produces an error and cannot continue.
Some operating systems such as versions of Linux and SunOS create a partition which Windows cannot remove the existing partition. Even when using the Windows Installer and deleting the partition, the disk drive is left in a state which is unusable by the Windows Installer. The installer will produce the following message:
“We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.”
To resolve this condition and put the OS drive into a clean state, the system will have to be booted into a Windows PE Environment. There is a Windows PE environment included with the Window Installation system.
Boot into Windows PE from Windows Installer
You are now booted into a tiny version of Windows. From this environment, we can then clean and process the drive.
Clean and partition the drive
From the command prompt, type the following commands
If this procedure competes correctly, the Windows Installer should complete correctly.
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Exit the Windows installer environment by clicking on the exit X button (top right)
Return to the beginning of the Windows Installation process. Click on the “Repair your computer” link.
Select the Troubleshoot option.
Select the “Command Prompt” option
The command prompt screen will appear.
Type DISKPART to begin the Disk Management utility.
Select the correct disk to clean.
In this example, the 29GB disk is the Windows Installation USB drive.
Select Turn off your PC and then restart the installation process.