Windows 10 Upgrade

I’m probably late to the party here, but I am in the process of upgrading to Windows 10. I’m behind on this, because:

  1. I haven’t had time to play with it
  2. I need to reconfigure my Solid State Drives
  3. I don’t have the space on my SSD for an in place upgrade
  4. My DVD Burner has been on the fritz
  5. Microsoft has been delaying releasing the Windows 10 Upgrade to my pc…


I’ve taken an image of my Windows 8.1 partition with Clonezilla and stored it on my home server. I’ve got the Windows 10 Pro disk burned… I guess this is where we take the dive….

After I had resolved the DVD drive issues (appears to have been a loose SATA/power connection in the back of the drive), I booted into the windows 10 installer and set about getting things set up.

My goal was simple: wipe out the current windows installation completely and install fresh. The Windows 8.1 installation had been on my pc for two years. That’s probably some kind of record for me. I installed windows 8 when I built the PC and I built the PC a couple months after moving into my first apartment after college.

The Windows 10 upgrade was having none of this though. After I had deleted all partitions on the target disk and clicked next I got the following error:

We couldn’t create a new partition or find an existing one…

I thought to myself, “come on Microsoft… you can do this! There is no reason you can’t write to that disk.” Then a light went off in my head…

Earlier, while trying to fix my DVD drive, I had been messing around in the BIOS. My suspicion was that the boot order of the hard disks had gotten out of order. Windows was trying to write a boot record to a drive with a GPT. If it was not the GPT on the disk listed first in the boot order it must have been that the disk was part of a dynamic volume in Windows.

After rebooting the pc, fixing the BIOS setting, and restarting the the Windows 10 upgrade install, everything went swimmingly…. Or so I thought..

windows10 install

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Daniel Widrick

An experienced programmer, software developer, and systems administrator, Daniel Widrick is technophile with a passion for making things work better.

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