Windows couldn't create a partition or locate an existing one

  1. Posts : 2
    windows 10

    Windows couldn't create a partition or locate an existing one

    I had a kali linux installed in my computer. Then I tried to install Windows 10 using a bootable USB drive. (I created it by downloading the windows 10 ISO and then creating USB drive using Rufus.) But when I was trying to install windows 10, it shows my hard drive, but it doesn't installing to it. Error message is the following:
    We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.
    Then I checked for the log file (X:\Windows\panther\setupact.log) It has this message:
    LogReasons: [BLOCKING reason for disk 0: CanBeSystemVolume] The selected disk is not the computer's boot disk
    I know that right ? USB disk is the boot disk here. Then I searched in the internet for a solution. I came up with this:
    I followed all the instructions there. Cleaned my hard disk using DISKPART and formatting and stuff. Then I rebooted my machine. But, still it shows the same error. Can anyone got this ?
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    Posts : 15,526
    Windows 10 Pro

    Click on custom install when the option is there during the install process. You should get a list of your hard drives/SSDs and the partitions on them. Delete all the partitions on the drive you want to install Windows to. Then select the unallocated space to install Windows to. If it is working correctly, Windows will create and format the partitions it needs to.
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  3. Posts : 2
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I already tried that. It deletes the partition and creates a new one. But after that, it still shows the same error.
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  4. Posts : 141
    windows 10

    It appears that you can not install to a secondary partition with within a previous version of windows. You have to restart the computer and run the installation from a dvd or some other medium. Once you get the installation running you should be able to install to another partition with no problems.
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,526
    Windows 10 Pro

    Thisaru said:
    I already tried that. It deletes the partition and creates a new one. But after that, it still shows the same error.
    Make sure your bios is showing the hard drive/SSD as a permanently installed drive and is set to boot from that drive, under normal boot conditions. If your bios has a hotkey that allows you to call up a boot menu, use that instead of making the USB drive the permanently preferred boot device.
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  6. Posts : 202
    Kernel 4.x.x

    Try this...

    This is how I've installed Windows for the past few years when I wasn't feeling up to doing it completely manually.

    Download this tool and drop it on your flash drive. (Download the file called "WinNTSetup3")

    Extract zip to your flash drive.

    When you boot flash drive, press [Shift] + [F10] to open a cmd prompt.

    Execute the program you download and placed on the flash drive:

    (In the command prompt, you can use the [Tab] key to complete paths you are typing automatically. This makes finding the file faster.)

    Install windows with that tool by selectingyour boot partition, the partition you intend to install windows to, and selecting the "Install.wim" file contained on your flash drive under the path: "sources\install.wim"

    Ex: D:\sources\install.wim

    Easy, fast install. Don't mess with any options unless you know what you're doing.
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