Windows 10 installation woes

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by Deks, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. Deks

    Deks Notebook Prophet

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    Hi guys.
    So, I would like to do a fresh Windows 10 install on my laptop (as I think a fresh install is a lot better than an OEM pre-installed one).

    However, the last time I tried that on an exactly the same laptop (my earlier one broke down due to a faulty BIOS update from Acer itself apparently and needed to get my money back and get a replacement after 6 months or so), Windows 10 refused to install saying that the drive I'm trying to install it on is not the correct one (or something to that effect).

    Namely, it had nothing to do with GPT or MBR errors (its not that)... the message is similar, just without GPT/MBR issue.

    Anyway, one of the obvious ways to bypass this problem is to remove all excess drives from the laptop and install Windows with just the system SSD inside it (but obviously, I'd like to avoid the hassle of removing the backplate and the other SSD drives).

    Another bypass is to go into BIOS/UEFI and enable a startup with UEFI setting of some kind... but that mode doesn't exist on my BIOS because of course, Acer (like most OEM's) hide these settings extensively in the BIOS.

    So, I was wondering WHY is Windows 10 such a hassle to install on a system with multiple drives and is there a way to bypass these issues to have a proper clean install without much trouble?
  2. cfe

    cfe Notebook Geek

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    is it detecting a dynamic volume?
  3. Spartan@HIDevolution

    Spartan@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    If only people read the guides which are stickied....

    Windows 10 Clean Installation Guide

    How to properly install Windows on a system with multiple drives
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  4. StormJumper

    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    If it is under 2tb it will be MBR format with NTFS. But some systems now are UEFI bios so the installed O/S must match the OEM installed version otherwise that the version it will need. System install error was this with a different or same drive? And what was the drive health lifespan like? And did you check if it was HDD drive if it wasn't a SSD? Because without a model number we won't know where to start diagnosing this? AFAIK most Bios update shouldn't be updated and they do state "At your own Risk" to update and if it fails that isn't their fault as well if instructions or why the update was followed that is how they protect from bad user UEFI or BIOS updates. If you don't have UEFI then you have older BIOS setup. You have to read on their site how to update the BIOS correctly or need be look online to force BIOS reset if there is issue as they will not support request for older BIOS but only for newer UEFI systems. I now this is alot to digest but alot needs to be known here about the system itself before going forward.

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