Windows 10: Is it true that the next Windows 10 upgrade requires GPT-format disk? Solved

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  1.    20 Jul 2016 #1

    Is it true that the next Windows 10 upgrade requires GPT-format disk?


    I read this somewhere, but I can't remember the source, or else I would have included the URL.

    It doesn't seem right. My wife's 2012 system runs Win 10 just fine with an SSD, thank you, but her system does NOT have UEFI BIOS.
    Last edited by x509; 20 Jul 2016 at 22:27.
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  2.    20 Jul 2016 #2

    Without a source, that's pretty vague, I can pretty much guarantee you it's false.
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  3.    20 Jul 2016 #3

    Upgrading to the Anniversary version (1607) of Windows 10 will not require GPT type partitioning. Thousands of people are insider testing it right now on MBR drives.
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  4.    20 Jul 2016 #4

    x509 said: View Post
    I read this somewhere, but I can't remember the source, or else I would have included the URL.

    It doesn't seem right. My wife's 2012 system runs Win 10 just fine with an SSD, thank you, but her system does NOT have UEFI BIOS.
    I would be highly surprised that any PC manufactured in 2012 doesn't have a UEFI bios. Just because it has UEFI doesn't mean it can't boot old versions of software.
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  5.    21 Jul 2016 #5

    Mystere said: View Post
    I would be highly surprised that any PC manufactured in 2012 doesn't have a UEFI bios. Just because it has UEFI doesn't mean it can't boot old versions of software.
    My wife's system is a homebuilt using an ASUS motherboard. It is quite likely that the design is older than 2012. I'm actualy travelling right now, so I can't check the BIOS.
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  6.    21 Jul 2016 #6

    As long as I can I will stay away from UEFI, legacy BIOS is just fine for me. Much less troubles.
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  7.    21 Jul 2016 #7

    CountMike said: View Post
    As long as I can I will stay away from UEFI, legacy BIOS is just fine for me. Much less troubles.
    What troubles? It's just a bios.
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  8.    21 Jul 2016 #8

    Mystere said: View Post
    What troubles? It's just a bios.
    And GPT, and UEFI partition, incompatibility with some backup/restore utilities, just few unnecessary complications. I can and do everything in legacy mode I could do as UEFI as my board has both.
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  9.    21 Jul 2016 #9

    UEFI is mostly about taking advantage of advanced features like Secure Boot. If you don't have UEFI you can't use Secure Boot. Here are some other advantages of UEFI cribbed from an old Sun (!) explanation:

    • Support for hard drive partitions larger than 2 Tbytes.
    • Support for more than four partitions on a drive.
    • Fast booting.
    • Efficient power and system management.
    • Robust reliability and fault management.

    HTH, and thanks for posting. Your older non-UEFI system should be fine running Windows 10. I have two non-UEFI systems running it right now.
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  10.    21 Jul 2016 #10

    EdTittel said: View Post
    UEFI is mostly about taking advantage of advanced features like Secure Boot. If you don't have UEFI you can't use Secure Boot. Here are some other advantages of UEFI cribbed from an old Sun (!) explanation:

    • Support for hard drive partitions larger than 2 Tbytes.
    • Support for more than four partitions on a drive.
    • Fast booting.
    • Efficient power and system management.
    • Robust reliability and fault management.

    HTH, and thanks for posting. Your older non-UEFI system should be fine running Windows 10. I have two non-UEFI systems running it right now.
    --Ed--
    Ed,

    Yes, this helps, since I didn't know about the last two bullets.

    How did you know I used to work for Sun Microsystems? In the "glory days" before the Tech Crash in 2000.
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