Cannot Reinstall Windows 10 On a Non-NTFS Formatted Disk

MikeyWiteman

New Member
Hello!

I made the big mistake (head low) of installing Ubuntu 18.04 on my Surface Pro 4 with a complete disk wipe. I tried to reinstall Windows 10 from a bootable USB but it failed because the disk does not have a NTFS formatted partiton and the formatting option was greyed out. Should I do a NTFS format of the entire disk from Ubuntu running from a USB and then install windows? I would appreciate your suggestions on how to get back to Windows 10. Can't wait to have windows running again!

Sincerely
Mike
 

Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
If you go through the advanced menu you must certainly can, of course you can use gparted, parted or any other Linux tool to format it to fat32 or ntfs
 

MikeyWiteman

New Member
I checked again. I can only format the small system partition but it is too small (500 mb), thus I cannot proceed with the installation. On the other hand, I cannot format the primary partion because the format option is greyed-out (the icon).
 

Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
You're not formatting , you need to delete the other partition from the custom install menu. Windows shouldn't recognize the Linux partitions, so deleting any partitions it recognize should show the rest of the drive as unclaimed space. Then you can install Windows.
 

MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
If you want to run Ubuntu on your computer prepare your hard drive first.
Create a partition on your hard drive by making a space for in on your C:\ drive and then format and name the space i.e. drive D:\Ubuntu.

Then install Ubuntu on the partition from bootable install disk or flash drive on that partition.
I don't think it needs to be pre-formated.

 
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