This Computer's Hardware May Not Support Booting To This Disk

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    When trying to install Windows Server 2012 R2, you get this message:

    This computer’s hardware may not support booting to this disk

    This is because the BIOS isn’t set to boot to the disk that you’re trying to install Windows to. This can be for a number of reasons, to fix this try:

    • Pressing SHIFT+F10 to get a command prompt window. Type diskpart then hit enter. Type list disks (then enter), then select disk x (then enter), where x is the disk you are trying to install Windows on. Then type clean and hit enter. exit out of the command prompt window and see if Windows still says that the computer’s hardware may not support booting to the disk
    • Try changing the BIOS boot settings to boot to the disk
    • Try changing the slot the hard drive is physically plugged into
    • Check that your computer’s hardware (motherboard, disk controller, etc.) is supported by the version of Windows Server you are trying to install
    • Update your BIOS firmware
    • Reset your BIOS to the defaults

    If you find another way to stop Windows from saying that the hardware might not support booting to the disk, please share it with the forum!

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