Why Can’t I Install Windows on an Old Linux Laptop?

Episode 1827 (1:40:20)

Kevin from Orange County, CA
Windows

Kevin is a Linux user and his hard drive is crashing when he tries to install Windows on his old laptop. Leo says to erase the drive completely. It's likely that the Linux boot manager has put something on the UEFI boot sector that's confusing the Windows installer. So formatting the hard drive completely to get rid of any boot manager should fix it. And Windows installer has its own partition manager to do just that. It's called the Windows Drive Manager. He can then recreate the partitions to make it work. The Windows installer may be corrupted as well. So make sure to get the Windows Media Creation Tool directly from Microsoft.