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    Hi, I mistakenly bought an Acer machine with no OS. So I bought a new Windows 7 home premium disk. I went through the whole install bit until it came to where do you want to install. 2 options, partition 1 - with FreeDos on it and unallocated space. Partition 1 is only 4gb. There are no option on the unallocated space.

    So I thought I would try to install on the unallocated space, but get a message saying
    'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks.

    Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition as NTFS.'

    What do I do? Do I format the whole thing, but I am worried I will then have nothing on there at all.

    HELP

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    Hi Matt and welcome to FpcH

    FreeDos is a DOS-based OS.
    EFI is a type of FAT-based format - suitable for FreeDos but not Win7.
    If you have Win7 you don't need it.

    I would be tempted delete the partition ( using the Win7 disk ) and format the whole disk as one partition.

    Install Win7.

    If you wish you can create a second partition later from DiskManagement. ( I am not a Win7 user and I am assuming that it is similar to Vista in this respect ).

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    I went through the whole install bit until it came to where do you want to install. 2 options, partition 1 - with FreeDos on it and unallocated space. Partition 1 is only 4gb. There are no option on the unallocated space.
    What you need to do is delete these partitions completely before you can install Windows 7.

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    I love you man (KenB). I was troubled with an installation issue and your reply saved me from a few more hours of meaningless pain. Thank you and keep up the good work !

    P.S.: I made an account on this site just to thank you xD

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    Ken will be away for quite a while but will see this when he returns. I'm sure he will be very happy to hear that he has helped you.

    Thankyou for taking the time to let him know.
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