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GPT partition problem

by magexzu / March 1, 2014 4:37 PM PST

I have an ASUS x550v ,which came preinstalled with bloatware so i wanted to clean install windows 8,i disabled the secureboot and started the installation ,i formatted the drive where the windows with bloatware was ,but the next button was greyed out saying that i cannot install windows there because it is of GPT style. If i try to repair it ,it stays in a repair loop with something about a file :SrtTrail.txt.
There is 1 partition with serveral volumes ,of which 1 includes the recovery image. Will i be able to convert the GPT to MBR if i delete the partition ?

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Tro install Windows 8 I never had to disable secure boot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 12:35 AM PST
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And what you noted can happen.

Before we start I hope you created the stock restore media since so few can clean install Windows (any version) today. You shake your head as they ask you for drivers or don't know about helper apps.

--> I'll get to how to fix in a moment. But helper apps that turn on/off WiFi are NOT bloatware. We can clean off bloatware in about 5 minutes at no cost.

How do I fix this one? I boot up a GPARTED CD and delete the partitions to give it a clean start.
Bob

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(NT) Nice typo there Bob. I meant "To install"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 1:40 AM PST
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If you use the recovery disks
by glb613 / March 2, 2014 1:33 AM PST
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you made or bought from the company, the original configuration will include the factory install bloatware.

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So you're saying
by itsdigger / March 2, 2014 1:37 AM PST

that you didn't create the restore media ? tsk tsk tsk

Better to have the computer with a little factory bloat than no computer without bloat.

Order the media , at least you can fix your mistakes than

Digger

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Overdone.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 1:42 AM PST

There are folk that can't stand the helper apps either. I've lost count of folk that blow up a new PC, flame everyone about not knowing how to install drivers after they didn't make restore media.

Look! It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to clean it up. But hey, your time and Franklins.
Bob

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Here's what I'd do
by wpgwpg / March 2, 2014 2:15 AM PST
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GPT and the UEFI replacement for the legacy BIOS are a brave new world with a whole lot of new variables. Even if you know everything there is to know about formatting and Windows 7 and earlier, you're into a whole lot of new variables that's going to be a big learning experience for us all. One thing you need to know; if your hard drive is larger than 2.2 TB, you have to format it GPT to access it all.
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That said, I'd do exactly what others have said and get those reset discs from Asus, restore back to factory conditions, then use the Programs and Features applet of the Control Panel to uninstall the bloatware. The uninstalls don't take that long and are the safest way to get rid of the bloatware. This will probably take 2-3 hours, but if I did it this way, I'd be sure I knew what I was doing. I don't know about you, but I'm going to let GPT and UEFI alone while enough people learn about it and resolve whatever new quirks it might have.
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I've bought two desktops and a laptop in the last two years, and used the Programs & Features applet to uninstall the bloatware. It's safe and easy; and it doesn't take that long to do.
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Good luck.

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